April 24, 2014

Kasich’s Three Lobbyist Helpmates

The Columbus Dispatch took some time out today from Big Pimpin’ Yosemite John’s running of the state to shed some light on just who is on John Kasich’s famous bus.

A right-wing lobbyist, Republican hack and a former staffer are the lobbying triumvirate getting rowdy on the bus.

It’s nice to see at least one of Kasich’s staffers/former staffers making big in the private sector. You’ll remember that the governor said he had to pay his senior staff much more than former Gov. Ted Strickland paid his crew because, by golly these folks are the cream of the crop and he’s competing with the private sector.

What Yosemite John didn’t say is that a bunch of these folks were just waiting in the wings being paid by political organizations and THE Ohio State University for ten or twelve years while he found himself and worked what was apparently a “no-show” gig at Lehman Brothers. (I thought that only happened on The Sopranos)

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Attorney Brian Hester Gives House Finance Committee Dose of JobsOhio Reality

Activist, Attorney & Blogger Modern Esquire Hits Cap Square

Brian Hester of Hamilton, Ohio

What separates Brian Hester, aka Modern Esquire of Plunderbund fame, from a lot of other bloggers is that he seeks facts and forms arguments. You may not always agree with his conclusions, but he’s more prone to reason than blind ideology and that’s refreshing.

Hester, a Hamilton County attorney along with being one of the featured writers at Plunderbund, took his advocacy to Capital Square today and testified against Gov. John Kasich’s state economic development privatization scheme, JobsOhio.

Here’s what I like about Hester:

I support and applaud the efforts of Governor Kasich and Director Kvamme and others to narrow the focus of the Ohio Department of Development to focus on job creation, job retention, and out-of-state job importation.  However, their JobsOhio plan is where they lose my, and I imagine, millions of Ohioans’ support.  In short, even if there was a “right” way to privatize a State’s economic development efforts, JobsOhio is nowhere close to that system.

He begins his testimony, rationally. I like that first sentence because it’s true. I myself have been in a quandary over this JobsOhio thing, because it’s appeared from the outside looking in that the Ohio Department of Development needs a serious restructuring. It’s grown like Topsy since its inception in the 1960s with unimaginative state leaders lumping anything and everything the federal government rolled down to states in the form of grants or incentives for this and that into the department. It’s original intent was to sell Ohio to businesses and make the deals to bring them here. Period.

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