Gov. John Kasich speaking in Cleveland Monday July 22, 2013
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Growing chorus laments lack of JobsOhio oversight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- When Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer lamented the courts' seeming lack of jurisdiction over Republican Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation board last week, he joined a growing chorus of the frustrated.

State lawmakers created JobsOhio in 2011 in a bill containing sweeping exemptions from public records and ethics laws.

Defenders of the corporate-style setup say JobsOhio files a long list of reports, disclosures and business filings. But it isn't only Kasich's political opponents who have raised concern.

Besides Pfeifer, a fellow Republican, the state's auditor and the leader of the Ohio Ethics Commission have both talked of their agencies' lack of oversight of the agency.

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