Liberal Group Battling Ohio Development Plan

Friday, 28 Oct 2011 07:43 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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A liberal advocacy group and two Ohio Democratic state legislators are trying to stop all financing for Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s plans to privatize the state’s role in economic development.
 
The group, ProgressOhio, aided by Sen. Michael Skindell and Rep. Dennis Murray, were in court Thursday to push for a preliminary injunction, according to Crain’s Cleveland Business. ProgressOhio and the state legislators have been fighting JobsOhio for some time, first filing suit in the Ohio Supreme Court.
 
After the high court said the case belonged in the lower courts, the group filed suit on the county level, arguing that transferring Ohio’s economic development to private group JobsOhio is unconstitutional.
 
The plaintiffs claim that JobsOhio might enter into contracts the state could be obligated to fulfill.
 
“In the interests of following the Ohio Constitution, we are asking the courts to stop JobsOhio from moving forward until these important issues are resolved,” said ProgressOhio executive director Brian Rothenberg.
 
Kasich’s office said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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