So we’ve established that either nobody showed up for work at the Governor’s office today, or they don’t know how to use a phone. Let’s move on to more serious consequences of the way Team Kasich has been handling the transfer of power
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the entire staff of the Ohio Film Office, a division within the Ohio Department of Development that awards tax credits to movie productions planned in Ohio, was let go. Not a single staffer was kept on for any continuity. From an email from now-former Director Jeremy Henthorn to the newspaper:
“I have been informed that due to the administration transition, myself and the staff of the Ohio Film Office will no longer be needed. Because of this, I and Ohio Film Office Production Coordinator Jason Kovak have tendered our resignations effective January 7th. I am not aware of what this means for the future of the Ohio Film Office, but I can say that the Motion Picture Tax Credit is still active with available funds and all approved and outstanding credits will remain active.”
According to the Plain Dealer, this leaves four other film projects in the lurch – with no continuity between outgoing and incoming office staff, will all the work that has been done so far on evaluating the applications be lost? Will the new staff even know where to find the old applications on the file servers at Development? Do they expect producers to reapply? Do they even intend to continue offering the tax credit?
In their zeal to toss out everyone from the Strickland era, the Kasich folks seem to have forgotten their rhetoric about being a business-friendly administration focused on job creation.