The Columbus Dispatch reports
that JobsOhio President and CEO John F. Minor Jr. received a raise of $122,634 (or 38 percent) in 2015, boosting his salary to $445,000.
Minor's raise is the largest at the state's privatized job-attraction nonprofit, but other senior-level directors received raises in the 14-25 percent range as well.
Much like the Cleveland Metroparks Board of Commissioners, who approved a big salary increase
for CEO Brian Zimmerman earlier this year, the JobsOhio board of directors authorized Minor's enormous raise based on "studies," and "as an acknowledgement of the organization's improving numbers."
JobsOhio added 13 employees in 2015, bringing the total to 62 and increasing its payroll to $8.25 million. And they say they're responsible for $6.7 billion in corporate investment in Ohio last year.
But accusations of a lack of transparency
linger — JobsOhio, for one, isn't subject to public records laws — and the Dispatch's
discovery that last year, the nonprofit understated its earnings by only reporting taxable income (failing to include money diverted to retirement accounts and health insurance premiums) doesn't look good either.
Kasich, in campaign ads, continues to tout that he's brought 400,000 jobs to Ohio as Governor. He can now also say that he's brought more than $400,000 to the leader of his corporatized jobs nonprofit.