Today’s JobsOhio hearing is about to start (check Twitter and I’ll update you if anything interesting happens). While you’re waiting I thought you might like to read Mark Kvamme’s testimony from yesterday. (see below)

Some quick notes: It’s very clear from Kvamme’s testimony at the JobsOhio hearing yesterday that he doesn’t know how state government works – and he doesn’t seem to care. This shouldn’t surprise anyone given that the guy who hired him has no clue either. And yet both men are making downright false claims that existing government regulations get in the way of development.

For example, Kvamme claims that he needs to operate JobsOhio in private to protect companies’ trade secrets, but the ODOD already has legal protections to keep from releasing trade secrets as public records.

Kvamme claims that he needs to be able to spend freely on food and travel but other than Strickland’s executive order which has already expired, there aren’t any laws against spending public money on food or travel.

Kasich and Kvamme are making up bogus reasons why they can’t do economic development within state government. None of them are true.

The real objective seems to be getting a hold of some state money to invest in companies (or coins or beanie babies or maybe or collector plates from the Franklin Mint) to get equity and to pay the people working for JobsOhio really, really well while they wine & dine executives and can’t be investigated by the IG. The whole thing is a big, taxpayer-funded secret supper club. And the whole thing is based on lies.

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  • Dael

    clubs are us, when hasn’t the republican party not had a party at tax payers expense? It is usually great for the upper crust (8 yrs of Boosh cronies proved it), then when the dems want something for people, it can’t be had, we are too poor, liars and thieves

  • GLY

    This does not shock me. King John looks upon state government has another source of equity much like he did with Lehman Brothers. And we see how well Lehman Brothers did. King John’s arrogance knows no bounds. He believes that there does not need to be any scrutiny of the ODOD as, in his mind, his motives are absoltutely pure. That somehow the free market end game will justify the oblique means. King John, just as monarchs of old did, believes that he is on a mission from God, and to challenge him is to challenge the free market gods. With all monarchs, there will be nobility such as the companies that function through the ODOD. History tells us there will be abuses. Without any public examination, we will just have to take King John’s word that all is well. As happened to monarchs through out history, the peasants will rise in revolt. Viva la revolution!

  • Dl

    I work the the OEPA and I have application filled with trade secret information come across my desk on a weekly basis….YES..WE DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROTECT TRADE SECRET INFORMATION AND STILL PROVIDE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST…we have a separte confidential file that is reviewed by lawyers for trade secret information and is not able to be looked at by the public, then we have an application that has been redacted to remove the trade secret info….THAT SIMPLE FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dl

    I work the the OEPA and I have application filled with trade secret information come across my desk on a weekly basis….YES..WE DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROTECT TRADE SECRET INFORMATION AND STILL PROVIDE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST…we have a separte confidential file that is reviewed by lawyers for trade secret information and is not able to be looked at by the public, then we have an application that has been redacted to remove the trade secret info….THAT SIMPLE FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Delco

    Yes, Dl, not only does OEPA and DOD have statutes that protect trade secrets as not a public record, and confidential (may not be released), but a search of the term “trade secrets” in the revised code returned three pages of statutes addressing Mr. Kvamme’s concerns. Clearly, the General Assembly knows how to keep trade secrets, well, secret, if it chose to do so. What is distressing is that the major media outlets do not appear to give a hoot either.

  • Anonymous

    The CEO of Nationwide was questioned about this during his proponent testimony. His answer? It’s NEVER been a problem that confidential information was released by the Department of Development.

    And the claims about not being able to buy food and travel? Also bogus. No such restriction exists. Strickland issued an executive order barring the spending of public dollars on food, but that’s expired. The Taft people did it all the time. Even if there WERE a prohibition, which there’s not, halfway creative people can get around this. Trying to recruit a steel mill? Ask the Ohio Manufacturers Association to sponsor a dinner for the CEO.

    Lee Fisher and Lisa Patt-McDaniel went on trade missions to Russia and China. There is no prohibition on travel for development purposes. It’s a total strawman put up by a guy who has never worked in government and has NO CLUE what the barriers are within government. They just want a handy excuse to get a pile of money they can invest non-transparently and take home big bonuses.

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