Ex-lawmakers: JobsOhio Foes Lack Standing To Sue

Two former Ohio lawmakers who helped design JobsOhio tell the Ohio Supreme Court a lawsuit against the quasi-private jobs agency should not move forward.(Photo: Flickr / SalFalko)
Two former Ohio lawmakers who helped design JobsOhio tell the Ohio Supreme Court a lawsuit against the quasi-private jobs agency should not move forward.(Photo: Flickr / SalFalko)

Two former state lawmakers who helped craft Gov. John Kasich’s ‘s privatized nonprofit job-creation entity tell the state’s high court that a lawsuit against JobsOhio shouldn’t be allowed to proceed.

Republicans Tom Niehaus and Mark Wagoner argue in a brief filed Tuesday that granting standing to the liberal policy group and Democratic politicians challenging JobsOhio’s constitutionality would upset the “delicate balance” among Ohio’s three branches of government.

ProgressOhio, state Sen. Mike Skindell and former state Rep. Dennis Murray contend Ohio’s Constitution prohibits public dollars from being given to a corporation such as JobsOhio, which was created in 2011.

Niehaus and Wagoner tell justices their opponents haven’t been personally harmed by JobsOhio, but are turning to the courts after being on the losing side of a policy debate.

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  • John Kirwin

    These former lawmakers got on Kasich’s runaway bus, when the senate and house passed Senate Bill 5. It’s amazing that they reference a delicate balance after ignoring hours of testimony by county commissioners, police and firemen, teachers and other public employees who would be personally harmed by passage of Senate Bill 5. Kasich had already personally harmed these public employees by selling $100 of millions of dollars of Lehman Brothers stock to public employee pension funds prior to the economic collapse in 2008. Has BWC recovered all the money invested by the Bush pioneer donor who shared the golf cart with Bob Taft? As a citizen, I would expect that this “delicate balance” argued by Kasich’s water carriers doesn’t hold any water under judicial review. John Boehner already tipped his hand on proposed climate change rules to limit carbon emissions, by commenting that it is a job killer. David Yost’s audits uncovered that AEP was the largest “secret” contributor to JobsOhio, are they expecting a payback from their legislative water carriers. This cart of rotten apples should be overturned.