Julie Carr Smyth

By Julie Carr Smyth

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: A divided Ohio Supreme Court has tossed a complaint that Ohio officials hoped might resolve legal concerns about the state’s new private job-creation entity and seal JobsOhio’s right to the state’s liquor business and its next 25 years of profits.

In a 4-2 decision Friday, justices said the high court was the wrong venue for JobsOhio’s complaint against state Commerce Director David Goodman.

The action sought to force Goodman to sign the liquor deal struck between the state commerce and budget departments and JobsOhio. It’s worth some $1.4 billion to the state. Budget and JobsOhio leaders signed the agreement in August, but Goodman declined citing unresolved constitutional issues.

A spokeswoman for Gov. John Kasich said JobsOhio will continue to be instrumental in Ohio’s economic recovery.