Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Get Ready....

>>>> The Pulse reports that contributing money to the Kasich campaign will get you a job on a board, even if you have no relationship with the school for which you'll serve.


Timothy P. Smucker, Cheryl L. Krueger, and Michael J. Gasser all donated at least $10,000 each to Kasich and were appointed to OSU's Board by him despite having no backgroun in education and no alumnus ties to OSU.

....Kasich has appointed his own donors at eight out of eleven university boards across the state examined by the Pulse. Of those eight schools, three – including Ohio State – have only received Kasich donors as new board members since 2011.

Kasich’s three donors placed on the OSU board donated a combined total of over $32,000 to his campaign in 2010, with all three giving at least $10,000 each. At the University of Cincinnati, all three Kasich appointees to the university’s board donated a total of over $17,000 to his 2010 campaign, with two of those donors donating over $15,000 more to his 2014 reelection campaign in December 2012.

Under Ohio law, the governor is allowed to appoint trustees to state college and university boards with the approval of the state Senate. Student trustees are also appointed by the governor after a committee at the respective university makes nominations, but those student trustees are barred from voting on board decisions.....

I wonder how students feel about having people with no ties to their schools make decisions about their programs, fees, and policies. Do these new board members have any regard for the history and traditions of these schools, or are they just fulfilling the wishes of Gov. Kasich?

*  Gov. John Kasich signed his budget for transportation, according to the Dispatch.

***  DailyJobCuts had two links that relate to Ohio. First, there is a report about Wal-Mart from Bloomberg:

More than 1,000 e-mailed complaints signal that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s (WMT) restocking challenges are more widespread than the world’s largest retailer has said. 

Wal-Mart customers from Hawaii to Florida and from Texas to Vermont wrote to express their frustration after Bloomberg News reported March 26 that there aren’t enough workers in the stores to keep shelves stocked, cash registers manned and shoppers’ questions answered. In response to the original article, Brooke Buchanan, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, said in part: “The premise of this story, which is based on the comments of a handful of people, is inaccurate and not representative of what is happening in our stores across the country.” 

The e-mails began arriving shortly after the article was published and were still coming a week later. Most were from previously loyal Wal-Mart customers befuddled by what had happened to service at a company they’d once admired for its low prices and wide assortment. Many said they were paying more and driving farther to avoid the local Wal-Mart. Some had developed shopping strategies, including waiting until the last minute to grab ice cream, lest it melt in the lengthy checkout lines.....

Is Wal-Mart cutting back on employees to increase their profits?

DailyJobCuts also noted that layoffs will be happening in Ohio at Owens Community College because of less funding (They can thank Kasich for those cuts.).

Next school year, the staff at Owens Community College will be smaller. It's part of the schools plan to fill a huge budget deficit.
Owens Community College has announced a projected budget deficit in excess of $7.5 million dollars for the 2013 - 2014 fiscal year which begins in July.
Facing that reality, the school says at least 30 people will be out of job....

In the coming weeks, more schools and cities across the state will be announcing layoffs because of Gov. John Kasich's budget.