It's being widely reported that Governor Kasich and his legal team are refusing to fulfill a public information request made by legislators.
Kimberly Kutschbach, Kasich's assistant chief legal counsel, said Monday in a letter responding to the Democrats' query that the governor's office "does not have any public records responsive to your requests" for 16 of the 17 items.
This is becoming a commonplace response from the Governor. We have heard from many sources that their requests receive the same response. We too received a similar response recently
However, you are welcome to amend your request so that it is more specific.
Chief Legal Counsel
Department of Administrative Services
30 E. Broad Street, 40th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-3475 Direct Dial
We had simply asked for "a list of employees who provided the analysis and generated this report, a copy of all emails, spreadsheets, memos, and documents from said employees regarding this report. Thanks" in reference to the DAS SB5 savings report.
What information is the Kasich administration now saying it doesn't have?
A request for communications to and from the Fordham Foundation, a pro-school choice think tank, was deemed too broad to fulfil.
What is more troubling? That they claim not to have this information in order to obfuscate legitimate requests, or that it genuinely doesn't exist?
If it is indeed the latter, it's an admission that they intend to blow up public education in Ohio and have done no research or analysis as to the effects, nor what they are planning to replace it with.
Has there ever been a more reckless budget?