Records: Top salaries paid at Ohio jobs agency

Group formed by Gov. Kasich to create jobs.
Associated Press
Mar 2, 2013



An Ohio nonprofit promoted by the governor to create jobs raised almost $7 million in donations during its first year in business and half of its 26 employees each received at least a $100,000 salary, records obtained Friday by The Associated Press and other media show.

JobsOhio was created to handle the state's economic development duties, which a state government department previously handled. It was required to submit an audit to the state Development Services Agency by the end of last year.

The independent audit of JobsOhio's operations from July 5, 2011, to June 30, 2012, reported spending of about $9 million, with most of it going toward program expenses, professional fees, and payroll and benefits.

John Minor, the private nonprofit's president and chief investment officer, received a $225,000 salary in 2012, far more than Gov. John Kasich's salary of almost $149,000. Two other staff members also were employed at $225,000 a year.

The salaries were comparable to other startup economic development agencies, JobsOhio spokeswoman Laura Jones said. And compensation for some top positions was lower than that paid at other agencies, she said.

The nonprofit isn't required to disclose who gave it money or provided in-kind services. But Jones said that companies in the financial services and insurance sectors were among the contributors.

JobsOhio also released an annual report Friday said job creation and retention in targeted industries fell from about 83,000 jobs paying $4.7 billion in 2011 to about 76,000 jobs paying $3.4 billion last year. The 2012 projects represent commitments to be completed in the next three years.

The report also detailed JobsOhio strategy for boosting and keeping jobs in the state. The nonprofit said it is focusing on finding ways to help existing companies expand in Ohio and on attracting business from around the world. The agency also wants to increase its marketing of the state through websites and traditional advertisements.

The agency said that in a typical year, 80 percent of newly created jobs come from companies already doing business in Ohio.




I'll give Kasich credit for at least trying. Most of the gains in jobs or the economy, of course, are more a result of policies from the National level since 2009, but I don't mind if he rides on Obama's shirttails, as long as Ohioans experience some gains. He seems to be learning from the smack down he received with SB5, and now has embraced providing more funds for Medicare, a major provision of the Affordable Care Act. Like other Republican governors who have changed their tune on that subject, he has realized that a majority of his constituents actually are in favor of the increased funding to Medicare that the ACA will bring, and that if he wants to get re-elected....

I shake my head at the salaries mentioned in the article. Why do those who work for "non-profit" entities always seem to make twice as much as the average Joe?


@ coasterfan:

D*mning with faint praise eh?

On the national level, any improvements in the job picture have largely been due to Mr. Bernanke's ZIRP and QEnfinity policies.

What EXACTLY has Pres. BHO done to improve the job situtation in OH or the nation for that matter?

Heck, Gov. Strickland wrote that things were great back in '08!

"Don't Believe the Doomsayers. Ohio's Economy Is Doing Fine."

Why'd he get booted outa office?

Not-for-profit = not taxed.

The Big Dog's back

winnie, so you think if you repeat that Bernanke bullspit enough it becomes relity? Give it a rest.


@ Dog:

Take it up with Fed Chair Bernanke. He said in Aug. 2012 that the Fed was responsible for creating 2 million jobs.

"For example, a study using the Board's FRB/US model of the economy found that, as of 2012, the first two rounds of LSAPs may have raised the level of output by almost 3 percent and increased private payroll employment by more than 2 million jobs, relative to what otherwise would have occurred."

The Fed has a dual mandate: Price stability and employment.


Any success this psuedo governor has must be credited to the President and local labor movements.


Oh course....when its bad its Bush's fault, when its good and has absolutely everything to do with Obama...someone will demand he gets credit. Obama is a credit monger as it is.


@ arnmcrmn:

Really doesn't matter. Most if any job growth is part-time. When employment increased under Pres. GWB, the Democrats decried part-time employment as "McJobs"

Where's the outcry now?

A better gage of employment is the labor force participation rate. It's worse now than 30 yrs. ago.

Jan. 1983 - 66.9%
Jan. 2013 - 66.6%


The trouble with blaming Bush is that firefighters inherit a mess on a daily basis, but I don't see them throwing gasoline on it!!!


People need to lighten up a little, our tax dollars is not funding it like all Obozo's programs.


"John Minor, the private nonprofit's president and chief investment officer, received a $225,000 salary in 2012, far more than Gov. John Kasich's salary of almost $149,000. Two other staff members also were employed at $225,000 a year."
Non-profits always pay themselves well.


worth every penny - You betcha!


I imagine Kasich is looking forward to a job at JobsOhio in about 2 years.


How stupid can some people be. The blame game had always been the same, nothing is different now. Obama blames Bush, Bush blamed Clinton, and so on. Give that rhetoric a break


Job agencies can definitely help with gathering jobs sometimes, as long as their salaries can be kept in check. Finding jobs in Ohio with methods other than job agencies are also available though, and people should remember that. The good news is that according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in the state went down 0.1% from November 2012 to December 2012, from 6.8 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December. This shows that things are improving, and will hopefully continue to improve in the state.