From the daily archives: Thursday, January 27, 2011

As I was leaving today’s JobsOhio hearing, I ran into several dozen protestors from SCLC marching around the Statehouse protesting the lack of diversity in John Kasich’s Administration. 

Meanwhile, the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus held a press conference in which they protested the lack of diversity in Kasich. (Source: Marc Kovac at Ohio Capitol Blog).

State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) talks about a recent caucus meeting with the Governor in which Senator Turner offered to assist Governor Kasich in finding quality candidates of color for his Administration, Governor Kasich replied:

“I don’t need your […]

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Seriously, I was treated respectfully at today’s House Finance & Appropriation Committee, and I was honored that I was given an opportunity to testify against Sub. H. B. 1 today.  Franklin County GOP Chairman Doug Priesse even came up to talk to me and complimented me on my presentation (he also made it clear he disagrees with everything I said.)  Still, very classy.

Still, today the House Finance and Appropriation Committee appropriated $1 million of your tax dollars after hearing from nobody but Kasich’s Development Director, OBM Director, and me.  That’s it.

I had no illusions that anything I said […]

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In its current form the JobsOhio proposal, which passed out of the Finance and Appropriations Committee today in HB1, is a complete slap in the face to transparency, ethics and accountability standards that we expect from any group or people who will be handling OUR money.

During yesterday’s (and today’s) hearings on HB1 the Democrats introduced a series of amendments that would have helped, at least a little, plug some of this bill’s gaping holes. Each and every one was tabled by the Republicans.

Fedor – require financial disclosure by employees Clyde – prohibit incentives to companies that […]

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Despite it being my birthday (thanks for not remembering, btw), I kiss my three-year-old son on his forehead and my wife and made the nearly two hour drive to testify in opposition to Governor Kasich’s JobsOhio plan.

Attached is a copy of my prepared remarks:

BRH Opponent Testimony to JobsOhio

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