According to documents obtained by Plunderbund, on June 28th, 2011 Gary C. Mohr, Kasich’s director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), officially requested to abolish 1,135 positions within his department. This will include the direct layoffs of 800 employees. If approved, the positions would be eliminated by Dec. 31, 2011.

According to the documents, ODRC had originally submitted a reorganization plan on March 15, 2011 that called for the reduction of 181 positions. This was intended to address the proposed budget cuts to the department. The layoffs were slated to be effective on July 16th, 2011.

Based on Mohr’s timeline, it quickly became clear that ODRC was facing “extraordinary budgetary challenges” to his department caused by Kasich’s “limited funding allocation” and that the ODRC – the department solely responsible for Ohio’s 51,000 adult inmates – was going to have to make drastic cuts. The result was the 2011 Reorganization and Abolishment Plan.

The full text of the plan can be found here.

The full text of the attachments is available here.  This includes a complete list of every position that will be abolished.

The stated goals of plan are to eliminate positions and layoff employees who aren’t necessary to achieving the department’s core mission. And to sell 5 prisons and outsource their operations to private prison operators.

Mohr, you may remember, was previously the managing director for CCA, one of the largest private prison operators in the country. According to the Dispatch, CCA is one of the bidders for the prisons.

Kasich campaigned on getting special interest snouts out of the trough, and back in March he claimed: “There are no mass layoffs in this budget”.

Instead Kasich is selling off important state assets to help enrich his friends and putting thousands of Ohio’s hard working citizens out of work.

As we’re seeing now, nearly every promise Kasich makes eventually turns out to be a straight up lie.

Kasich’s “Jobs Budget” kills jobs. Period.

Cover Letter for the ODRC Abolishment and Reorganization Plan

 

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