We’re a week away for Kasich taking office and we still don’t know:

  • What, if any, Cabinet-level agency Lt. Governor Mary Taylor will be responsible for (rumored to be Commerce).
  • What, beyond a Cabinet agency, will Mary Taylor’s role be in the Administration.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Ohio Department of Development.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Aging Department.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Health Department.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Job and Family Services.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Ohio Lottery.
  • Who John Kasich has been so desperate to get on the Casino Commission.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Insurance.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Mental Health.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Development Disabilities.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Education.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections.
  • Who’s going to be in charge of the Department of Youth Services.
  • What executive orders of Strickland Kasich plans on keeping such as GLBT protections in the State workplace.
  • How Governor Kasich will consider judicial appointments.
  • What Kasich will do about several gun bills the Republicans are anxious to pass.
  • What legislation Kasich will urge the General Assembly to quickly approve.
  • What his plan is for his income tax and estate tax repeals.
  • When details of his JobsOhio plan will be finalized enough to share with the public.
  • What his school funding formula plan will be since he wants to scrap Governor Strickland’s “evidence-based” school funding formula.
  • Who Kasich plans on putting on the PUCO or the Ohio Board of Education if the Republicans in the Senate reject more of Governor Strickland’s appointments.
  • Anything on the budget.

Education, Medicaid, and prisons make up over 70% of the State budget.  So, while Kasich has been so preoccupied making minor appointments to the Ohio Highway Patrol, that the heads of the agencies that concern over 70% of the budget have yet to be announced.

For those keeping count, of the twenty-three Cabinet appointments for Kasich to make, he’s yet to announce his pick in thirteen of them. Yep, that’s over half of the Cabinet picks have yet to be announced in the nearly two months since he was elected.  One week to go, and we still don’t know who Kasich will have in charge of the largest State agencies.

Of the seven ten Cabinet picks he has made, only one has been a woman.  None have been a person of color.  John Kasich has appointed as many non-Ohioans to his Cabinet as he has women so far.

Of the seven ten picks he’s made (ODOT, Taxation, Public Safety, Department of Administrative Services, Adjutant General, Veteran Services,  OBM, DAS, ODNR, and Agriculture… in case you weren’t keeping track), one (Tom Charles) is a confirmed double-dipper, and as many as four others could be (ODOT, Taxation, DAS, Agriculture) receiving a state pension to supplement their state paycheck at the same time.

For a guy who faulted the Strickland Administration for going a long time before making a pick in the Ohio Department of Development, Kasich is showing some real hypocrisy.

In the two months since the election, Kasich has spent more time doing public relations work, spinning that it was the Obama Administration, not Kasich, who was responsible for Ohio to lose $400 million in federal money for the 3C, lying about the U.S. Department of Education’s take on Kasich’s plan to kill Strickland’s evidence-based model might impact Ohio’s $400 million in “Race to the Top” money, and appearing on Fox News…. often.

While his press announcements for Cabinet picks have been spread out and created tons of news for what Kasich says in the press gaggle, the reality is that unless things rapidly change, Kasich takes office with most of his Cabinet being interim Directors appointed by the Strickland Administration remaining.  This, we’re told, in no way makes the Republican Senate’s decision to kill nearly 80 Strickland appointees look rather foolish in comparison at all.

[UPDATE:  I forget to include Kasich’s Cabinet picks in my original post for ODNR, OEPA, and the Office of Budget Management, and Department of Administrative Services.  So I corrected the post to reflect those appointments.  Still over half of the State government has no announced director, and the three biggest budget agencies lack a director.  And still all white males with one exception.  Thanks, oh_dirtgrl for the correction.]

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  • Anonymous

    I think we’re at 10 – he also appointed BWC, EPA and DNR. All white males.

  • Anastasjoy

    How many had Strickland appointed at this time four years ago?

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  • ohioproud

    DAS is the same thing as Department of Administrative Services, the list doesn’t include BWC (Steve Buehrer). Kasich is making another appointment today too.

  • Bradley L. Cromes

    A slight correction as to the Department of Education…the Superintendent is hired by the State Board of Education for a fixed term. If I’m correct, Supt. Delisle’s term continues through at least June of this year, so while Kasich may want to replace her with someone to implement his yet-undetermined funding model, he won’t get to right away.

    Of course, Governors appoint a slim minority of the State Board (I think the ratio of appointed to elected is something like 8-11), so he’ll probably get that chance in due time. My point is he doesn’t have it now (and that’s assuming he won’t want to keep a pragmatist like Delisle around).

  • Anonymous

    Kasich gave walking papers to 26 appointed Lottery employees today. This is Tuesday the 4th; the dismissed are to walk out the door and hit the bricks no later then midnight on Friday the 7th.

  • Anonymous

    9, according to the transition releases on the Governor’s website

  • Anonymous

    Well, the reality is that most Ohioans DIDN’T vote for Kasich for Governor. So it is kind of a hard thing to find.

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  • Fausnaughmark

    kasich picked a former oil exc. to head the Ohio Dept. of natural resources. Can you belive that? An oil man to manage our natural resources, OMG! He got his “drill baby, Drill” guy in. We will have to watch this guy, and be ready to act with signature drives to counter any bill or proposal that will endanger our State Parks.

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