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Use of stimulus funds for work outside US has governor miffed



Published: Fri, July 30, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

By MARC KOVAC

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

Gov. Ted Strickland said he is disappointed that a state-contracted company used stimulus funds to pay workers at an overseas call center, and he said his administration will work to ensure future contracts don’t go to firms that are outsourcing jobs.

The governor made the comments Thursday in response to a Columbus television station’s news report that a Texas company hired by the state to administer an appliance-rebate program used workers at a Central American location as part of the contracted work.

“I’m incredibly disappointed [and] determined never to let it happen again,” Strickland said. “It shouldn’t have happened. We were unaware that this company would outsource these jobs. Perhaps we could have done a better job of vetting the company.”

He added, “But going forward, I can assure you that whenever we let a contract, we’re going to ask the question very definitely, and any company that’s going to outsource jobs using these resources or other state resources will not receive a contact from us.”

Ohio was awarded more than $11 million in federal-stimulus funding to provide rebates to residents who purchased energy- efficient appliances, including washing machines and water heaters. Of that total, more than $350,000 went to a Texas company to administer the program, according to documents on file with the state Controlling Board, the lawmaker panel that signed off on the contract in late March.

WCMH-TV in Columbus reported this week that the company used a call center in Central America as part of its work on the rebate program, prompting criticism from members of Ohio’s congressional delegation and others.

House Republican Leader John Boehner said in a released statement. “Gov. Strickland owes Ohio families asking ‘Where are the jobs?’ an explanation as to why stimulus funds allocated by his administration were used to create jobs in Central America, and why he has repeatedly refused to establish an independent, bipartisan panel to prevent this misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

But Strickland offered assurances Thursday that future state contracts would not be awarded to companies outsourcing positions.

“I’m disappointed that it happened, and I’m determined that it will never happen again,” he said.


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1Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 4 years ago

Why even take Ohio stimulus money to Texas? And even worse that taxpayers' money as sourced out to a foreign country? Greed and corruption and who is guarding the hen house....it is no wonder America is in a mess. We go into debt to China because of what....lost jobs and thus lost taxes, an idiotic war that hasn't accomplished anything and still going on, ILLEGAL immigrants that take jobs, get assistance in different forms and no one upholding the law against them.
What has happened to this great country of ours? Where is the future for our children and grandchildren? We HOPE we elect officials that care about American and its citizens and then we find out they have their own agenda...their own greed and it has nothing to do with helping the citizens. How sad that America has been sold down the river by so many that have profitted from the sale.

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2Photoman(1000 comments)posted 4 years ago

Our leaders have bought into the "Globelist" approach without protecting our nation first. We the people seldom speak out to tell our elected officials what we want them to do. We tend to think that if we cast a vote, our duty has been fulfilled. Meanwhile, our elected officials are being bought off by money from many sources including monies from foreign nations. We, the citizens will remain far down their list of priorities---until election time. Secure our borders and we can start rebuilding our nation from within.

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3TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years ago

"why he has repeatedly refused to establish an independent, bipartisan panel to prevent this misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

Looks like somebody has an idea for job creation...another commission...ugh

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4TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years ago

Don't forget that USA is also a closet racist. That will help you identify him when you check out the meeting.

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5TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years ago

Just look back through his THREE BILLION posts where he repeatedly discusses his racist ideals everyone.

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6seminole(476 comments)posted 4 years ago

Recall the $450,000 of stim money used to open the northside pool, in which the users do not have to pay to use?...think that would have gone over in a suburb for white kids?

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7seminole(476 comments)posted 4 years ago

USA, the left deals the race card ANY time someone questions their practices and policies. If Bush had connections even remotely similar to O's communist pals he would have been impeached. It's all good in the hood when O can't produce a birth certificate, has ties to The Weather Underground, Rev Wright, who should be hooked with the New Black Panters and stand outside voting sites to spew his racial hate. But that is all okay. The Tea party participants are the racists, right? Simply because we question the way socialism is being driven at us from all angles and call for accountability and justice. It's the easiest way to deflect the issue by saying someone or a group is racist. I'm past the sensitivity of all this bs. Yea, everyone deserves to be equal but when you have a President that was elected by people that had never voted, nor knew that Biden was O's sidekick, not McCain, then that in itself causes me concern. It was not about what O was going to do (as we know that was all lies anyway). It was all about what he was/is. It wasn't that he had anything to stand on that was righteous and credited, it was about HOPE for those riding the welfare train for generations and HOPING for it to get even better. We are being pulled into a hole of no return, all because illiterate first time voters voted this smiling smooth-talking ventriliquism dummy into office. Now he has proven his worth to the country. Sad thing is, there are still 44% of the goofs in this country that think he is doing okay. That tells you a lot about the intelligence (or lack of in truth) of our citizens and what their motives actually are. Has there been people at the Tea Parties screaming racial rants like Wright? Let me know when you have that on tape so we can shove it down MSNBC/Olberman/Madows socialist throat...

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8cambridge(2994 comments)posted 4 years ago

seminole....Obama's birth certificate has been posted on this board many times.

Your interested in seeing teabagger racism? Check the videos below. The USEless1 is a teabagger organizer. If you want the views of a racist just read his posts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S38Vio...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXaILy...

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9cambridge(2994 comments)posted 4 years ago

Hey rudy....I can tell you where the jobs are, Bush gave tax brakes for companies that shipped manufacturing jobs overseas. Obama eliminate tax brakes in that situation and gives tax brakes for companies that hire new employees.

What, are you upset with Obama because he hasn't gotten those jobs to move back? Why don't you do your part and avoid the junk Walmart sells. Put your money where your mouth is and buy American any time you can instead of looking for the least expensive piece of crap you can buy.

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10AXLE69(181 comments)posted 4 years ago

usa0 pro-teabagger...I see you`re still spreading your lies about the teabaggers being ' grassroots'. Hilarious.What is so grass roots about being run by the Koch family,Dick Armey and Karl Rove?You are not so dumb that you actually believe your own drivel about grassroots are you?

These monied conservatives don`t give a damn about your hatred for Obama or your far right wingnut beliefs and causes.All they care about is regaining power and making the wealthier richer at the expense of idiots like you that can`t seem to fathom that
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Your wingnut idols Palin and Beck are laughing all the way to the bank.They are all just USING you teabaggers but hey,I get a chuckle witnessing it so please continue on...........LOL
By the way shouldn`t Palin be worried about brains instead of the cojones of OUR President Obama? I understand as Queen Teabagger she is very well versed in all things cojones but still...LOL.
Don`t give yourself a headache over there in your condo trying to 'refudiate' that..............

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11TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years ago

Notice that I didn't refer to anyone else but USA yet he somehow feels he is justified in his racism by posting other folks he considers racists.

thanks for proving my point!

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12TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years ago

keep proving my point

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13seminole(476 comments)posted 4 years ago

You mean O's doctored certificate? Come on, you think that is legit? Then again you think socialist goverrment is cool. Why is it the entire "reasoning" of the left is based on racism when your boy believed (part of that HOPE rhetoric) it would all end, when in fact it has only gotten worse. Anyone want to explain why?...Wright, New Black Panthers, ...

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14TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years ago

That's right. White people are the victims of lots of racism. It's really rough being white in America today.

hahaha you loons. just come out and say what you really mean

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15TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years ago

hahaha nice dismissal tactic you racist

"The New Black Panthers terrorized whites from voting in Philly"

yeah I saw this video. the guy is an idiot. to somehow liken what he does (on some streetcorner or at a street fest speaking ill of white people) to a couple centuries of institutionalized discrimination and racism is a pretty big leap to make. I could go online and find OODLES of videos by white supremacists, threatening minorities, but then again Fox won't run those will they?

and I do agree with you. Thankfully most Americans don't have hatred on that level. But a whole bunch, you included, have prejudices all over the place

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