Besides citing yours truly, though, ThinkProgress also mentioned this story in the Columbus Business Journal about how Michigan’s privatized program has lead to considerable woes. Like the $9 million it gave to a convicted embezzler still on parole who was living in a trailer.
One neighboring state, West Virginia, the Columbus Business Journal actually went back to a state run agency and ended its privatized system.
Presented with this history of mismanagement, fraud, and waste in other States that adopted models similar to Kasich’s JobsOhio, what was the campaign’s response? Claim there’s some hidden component in their plan to prevent it from happening here:
JobsOhio is not modeled after Michigan’s system or any other state’s approach, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols wrote in an e-mail to Columbus Business First.
“Rather, it is a product of our own analysis of best practices from across the country,” he wrote. “JobsOhio seeks to respond to Ohio’s needs and challenges, which is why we’ve designed it the way we have.”
Which is funny, because I can’t find what “best practices” are in Kasich’s plan that would prevent any of the problems the other already privatized States have seen. In fact, I can’t find anything in Kasich’s plan at all that makes it any different from Florida’s or Michigan’s.
This on top of today’s report that after stating, on camera, that Kasich would seek to keep compensation of his JobsOhio secret, Kasich then proudly (and shameless to the media unchallenged) that his plan would be one of transparency.
Kasich’s plans are floundering under the weight of facts and history.
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