In August 2010, then-candidate John Kasich announced his plan to privatize the Ohio Department of Development, calling the government agency a “black hole” that failed to even return phone calls.
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Some salaries kept a secret
JobsOhio is exempt from public records laws, which makes learning about its inner workings difficult. To research this story, the Dayton Daily News cross-referenced financial disclosure documents, state payroll records, JobsOhio’s website, and individual employees’ social media profiles. Identifying exact salaries for all employees based on the available records proved impossible because JobsOhio only has to disclose its employees’ titles and salaries, and not their names. Employees with identical job titles but different salaries couldn’t be differentiated from each other, and JobsOhio declined to offer clarification. Where salaries could not be determined accurately, the newspaper used the more conservative figure.
JobsOhio by the numbers
22: Number of full-time JobsOhio employees.
13: Number of JobsOhio employees who make more than $100,000 annually.
$6.9 million: Amount of known private donations to JobsOhio.
$8.4 million: Taxpayer money received by JobsOhio and subsidiary (since returned).
289: Number of development projects JobsOhio referred to state in 2012.
20,979: Number of new jobs committed.
54,633: Number of retained jobs committed.