Thursday, September 01, 2011

Shell Games, Prisons, and Jobs

*  People are starting to wonder if Gov. Kasich and his staff are playing a shell game with job positions within his administration.  One day a job is a political appointment, and then the next day it is suddenly a "protected" job.  Why are so many jobs being sent out to various areas of the state?  Is this a way to remove oversight?  In the Ohio Department of Transportation, jobs are being moved to various locations with longtime employees being given a few days notice that their jobs have been moved from Columbus to Meigs County or some other area 2-3 hours away.  If you act shocked that the job you've held for 15 years has been relocated and you are expected to move there, the "suits" will tell you to resign.

* I looked over the list put out by Republican State Treasurer Josh "still no financial disclosure" Mandel, and I was surprised that the list did not include all the employees that were forced to resign or were fired.  What else is Mandel hiding besides his federally required candidate financial disclosure?????

* John Kasich is moving forward with the sale of the Ohio prisons, now that the court has spoken.  However, it is not over yet.


...The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has scheduled a Thursday morning news conference to unveil the winners in a privatization effort by Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

The three contenders are Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America; Boca Raton, Fla.-based GEO Group Inc.; and Centerville, Utah-based Management and Training Corporation.

Selected firms will take over Jan. 1, pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's move....

Which politically connected firm will win? Has the Kasich administration done any research on the background of these firms?

   > Have they read this report from KBOI2 which details the beatings, unqualified counselors, improper medical care, etc.?????

   > There is another article involving escaped prisoners from private prisons.  The YumaSun has some details about GEO Group, as well as Management and Training Corp.

If you'd like to view other reports, check the California Correctional Peace Officers Association website  on  the GEO Group, CCA, and MTC.  Whatever the Kasich administration decides, they are doing it with our tax money and without the support of a majority of Ohioans. Here are some other links that provide some info on private prisons:

*****  Has anyone heard anything about Republican Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15)?????  Where is his plan to get people back to work?  Steve Stivers needs to spend less time trying to protect bank and corporate profits, and knocking down consumer protections.  Where are the jobs, Steve?