Liberal Policy Group Can’t Sue Over Ohio Jobs Agency

The Ohio Supreme Court sides with the Kasich Administration's jobs creation board.(Photo: JobsOhio)
The Ohio Supreme Court sides with the Kasich Administration's jobs creation board.(Photo: JobsOhio)

Ohio’s high court has ruled opponents of the private job-creation agency created by Gov. John Kasich don’t have the standing to bring their constitutional challenge.

The Ohio Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision Tuesday appeared to bring an end a legal fight that’s dogged JobsOhio nearly since its inception in 2011. The court said ProgressOhio failed to prove it had a stake in the case, siding with lower courts.

The ruling marks a significant victory for JobsOhio and for holders of $1.5 billion in bonds it put on the market in January 2013. The agency moved forward with the bond sale despite the pending court case.

The lawsuit alleged JobsOhio’s funding structure violates a prohibition in Ohio’s Constitution against turning taxpayer dollars over to a private entity. That question remains unresolved.

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  • 333SAL

    Ahem . . . since when do the citizens and taxpayers NOT have a stake in a case like this? Violating the state constitution is huge. Detouring our tax dollars into private self-serving venues that may or may not be good for Ohio is huge. Potential corruption is a definitely huge.

    Two things HAVE been decided here: (1) the Ohio Supreme Court is a collective coward; and (2) this game is rigged, all the way to the top.