Back in January Kasich announced an initiative to ”coordinate, align, and in some cases eliminate the state’s 77 worker training programs currently spread among 13 different government agencies.” In his State of the State speech Kasich proudly proclaimed Rich Frederick would be heading up the program and “reporting directly to me.”
Frederick was supposed to “change the whole thing” – but instead we heard nearly nothing about workforce development until Frederick quit and/or was fired on October 19th after making nearly $7,000 a month for close to a year.
Now, eleven months after announcing his workforce development program, and a month after his workforce guy quit, the Kasich administration seems to finally be moving forward with their workforce development plans.
On Monday, Kasich helped kick off the first meeting of Ohio’s Executive Workforce Board – a 25-member panel that appears to be charged with accomplishing the same exact tasks Frederick failed to accomplish.
Remember when John Kasich, the supposed small government conservative, promised to eliminate red tape, simplify the way state government operates and help get Ohio moving at the “speed of business”?
We’re all still waiting.