JobsOhio Not a Raging Success, Says Policy Research Group. Go Figure!
I downloaded and have been perusing a study just released by D.C.-based policy research Group Good Jobs First titled "Creating Scandals Instead of Jobs.'
Oh my. It doesn't contain much good news for Ohio about John Kasich's alleged job-creating miracle entity JobsOhio.
The group, whose mission is "to make economic development subsidies more accountable and effective," finds that JobsOhio is not doing that. Who would have guessed!
Download and read for yourself:
Subtitled 'The Failures of privatized State Economic development Agencies," the report is a followup to one they did in 2011 that warned about the potential for lack of transparency and corruption in such "public private partnerships." It finds that these agencies are fulfilling that potential.
Three years ago, newly elected governor in several states, most notably Wisconsin and Ohio, decided that the best way to create jobs was to transfer economic development business-recruitment functions to "public-provate partnerships." The experiments in privatization have, by and large, become costly failures.
We concluded in 2011, as our title suggested, that the real agenda behind these PPPs was not to make economic development efforts more effective but rather to more tightly concentrate the control over—and credit for— job creation events in the hands of governors and their appointees.
The study dissects five such agencies, in Indiana, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, and of course, Ohio. It opens with five and a half damning pages outlining the mess that John Kasich created which, says Good Jobs First, "has been plagued by accountability and transparency problems since the start."
Many of you know the history. But if you want to see laid out in succinct and clear terms just how totally Kasich has reneged on his promise to focus on creating tons of jobs a gazillion times faster than his predecessor Ted Strickland, read the study.