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New Ohio Drivers’ Licenses Has Commentator Seeing Pink
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JobsOhio head Mark Kvamme must be the god-send that Governor Kasich told us he would be. You see, clearly Ohioâ€™s financial and employment recovery is complete. I mean, Kvammeâ€™s got so much freetime governor Kasich asked him to redesign our driversâ€™ licenses. Iâ€™m sure Kasich wouldnâ€™t ask Kvamme to waste his time on something so trivial if there was real economic work yet to be done, right?
Earlier this year I laughed at Kasichâ€™s insecurity about his manhood. It was funny when he suggested heâ€™d look into changing out the pink from the driversâ€™ licenses because it somehow offended his tough guy image â€“ but now that heâ€™s actually doing it â€“ changing the color to blue â€“ suggests a significant flaw in our governor.
By his pursuit of a personal agenda at the stateâ€™s expense, instead of dealing with the real pain Ohioans are facing, Kasichâ€™s continues to add insult to injury.
Consider the cuts to the local fund Kasich championed. He asserted that municipalities could then make their own choices about their own money (what money?!) so state funding wouldnâ€™t be necessary.
And howâ€™d that one work out? Well, in Kasichâ€™s own school district, Westerville, there are at least 62 fewer jobs due to cuts after the most recent school levy, meant to shore up budgets against those cuts, failed.
You might think that would wake Kasich up, given that he lives in Westerville â€“ but Kasich isnâ€™t worried, he sends his daughters to private school.
And those jobs? Kasich doesnâ€™t fear adding more people to unemployment, Kvamme will find them jobs.
Of course JobsOhio is claiming itâ€™s created jobs â€“ unfortunately the jobs itâ€™s referring to came about before Kvammeâ€™s organization existed. Even the Columbus Dispatch hypothesized that JobsOhio has yet to actually do anything, that current successes were achieved without them.
But I digress. What about those driversâ€™ licenses?
The current State driverâ€™s license contract, according to public records, is with a company out of Massachusetts for an estimated cost of about $14 million â€“ no small change. How much is this design change going to cost the state? I mean, just consider the recalibration of every driversâ€™ license printer statewide alone; what about reprogramming the system, etc.? And since this is a Massachusetts company doing the work, how many of those dollars are staying in Ohio?
Which brings me back to Kvamme. Letâ€™s tally up his record so far. Kvamme claims credit for jobs saved or created by the Department of Development – which according to Kasich is broken â€“ thus the need for JobsOhio, now, instead of hiring an unemployed professional, Kvamme got free labor from a college student for unnecessary design work, and may be sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to Massachusetts, just to change the gender of our driversâ€™ licenses.
Phew! Personally, I hope Ohioans give Kvamme and Kasich another pink to worry about â€“ a pink slip.