FitzGerald Says: “The People’s Money is The People’s Business.”
After a bill that would eliminate any audit or sliver of accountability and transparency of JobsOhio, Governor Kasich’s privatized economic development agency, was rushed through the Legislature one day ago; it is expected to reach the governor’s desk for signature today.
In response, candidate for governor, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald released the following statement:
“Clearly, Governor Kasich wants to shield his underperforming JobsOhio program from scrutiny, but he should do the right thing and veto this misguided bill. This bill was rammed through the Legislature and seems to confirm Ohioans’ fears that their government is working for the wealthy and well-connected, and not on their behalf.
“I further encourage the Governor to return to negotiations with Auditor Yost, with the explicit goal of establishing an open and transparent process by which the people of Ohio can be sure JobsOhio is spending our tax dollars efficiently, and that the program is doing what it is supposed to be doing: creating Ohio jobs. The people’s money is the people’s business, and this bill, which slams shut the door on accountability, is simply unacceptable.”
From serving as an FBI agent on the Organized Crime Task Force, assistant prosecutor, Lakewood mayor, and county executive, Ed FitzGerald has brought down corrupt public officials, cleaned up government and fought to make government work for the middle class.