Outgoing Ohio Republican Governor, Bob Taft, has offered buyouts to employees at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Why? There have been many scandals in the BWC (Coingate and Tom Noe, MDL investment scandal) and there are quite a number of people who know a lot of secrets. This is Taft's way of trying to prevent any further damage to his legacy and the Ohio Republican Party. How many will take the hush money, I mean buyouts? We will have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, Governor-Elect Ted Strickland is working on getting rid of the $49/hr. Republican political appointees in the state government. (Yes, $49/hr. to play solitaire on the computer most of the day.) Word has it that the best and the brightest in Ohio are lining up for the plum jobs in the government.