Thursday, August 22, 2013
Another Kasich scandal???
It is getting very difficult to keep up with all of the ethics problems going on in the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich. Last week, the head of the water safety division of the Ohio EPA was forced to resign, allegedly to make room for someone who'd look the other way. Now there is yet another scandal in the Kasich administration involving nepotism and possibly a coverup.
On January 31, 2012 the Ohio Inspector General opened an investigation into Rick Hodges, Kasich’s Turnpike Commission Director. The investigation stemmed from a complaint about nepotism and improper hiring practices surrounding the hiring of Hodges’ wife while he was Director of Legislative Development at the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.....
....According to state payroll records, Susan Hodges continued her “interim” work at BWC for 19 months, first as a Word Processing Specialist 2 and later as an Administrative Professional 1 – leaving in May 2013. Those same records show she then spent June of this year as a Clerk 1 at the Ohio Cosmetology Board before being hired at the Ohio Lottery Commission in July as an Administrative Professional 4 with over double the salary of her previous position at BWC.
Hodges, a former Republican State Representative, helped Kasich push through his plan to add $1.5 Billion in debt to the Ohio Turnpike so that the governor could use the one-time money to fund transportation projects.....
We're going to need a scorecard to keep all of these scandals, ethics problems, and FOK (friends of Kasich) benefits.