Ohio combined two state departments last year to be more efficient. But the merger of the Bureau of Employment Services and the Department of Human Services has been wracked by scandal, poor decision-making, and partisan politics.
Governor Bob Taft still supports his decision to combine the departments, despite the bad publicity. In "The Troubles of Merging Ohio and Family Services" WKSU's Julie Grant looks at the trials and tribulations of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Republican Governor Bob Taft spoke with reporters during an impromptu press conference
in Columbus. Ohio Public Radio provided the tape to WKSU. It is difficult to hear the questions as the reporters are asking the governor about the embattled director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Despite the problems outlined in this story, Taft was still supporting Director Jacqui Romer-Sensky, as you can hear in this exchange. Within hours, though, Romer-Sensky resigned...