I’m hoping that the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is as hard on Gov. John Kasich regarding two minority and women’s small business programs as they were on Ted Strickland – who actually built them back up.
Yesterday, I posted that the state operating money for the office which operates the MBE and EDGE programs will be cut by more than half over the course of fiscal years 2012 -13. Forty-five percent of the cuts are slated to begin July with the beginning of the FY 2012.
These two programs were slashed by previous Republican administrations and only revitalized under Strickland. In the midst of the Strickland Administration’s efforts to respect Ohio law and coerce state agencies to quit ignoring the programs, the OLBC was unyielding in its criticism of state agencies during numerous previous budget hearings and meetings of the state’s Controlling Board. In short, they were effective representatives of minority and women owned businesses.
State Sen. Nina Turner appeared on the Ed Show on MSNBC the other night and represented well the idea that, in her words, “… and what the Republican governors around the country are doing which is to take us from the United States of America to the corporate states of America, really Gov. Kasich’s budget is all about creating a low wage workforce.”
Amen, Sen. Turner. It’s time to add minorities and women to your message. If MBE and EDGE businesses ran in the same circles as Kasich’s investment class constituency, the Equal Opportunity Division in DAS wouldn’t be getting pounded in his budget.