Workers on unemployment in Ohio have not received a dime in well over a month. In May 2020 abc 9 in Cincinnati reported that the State of Ohio had paid Deloitte $9.6 million to process unemployment benefits. At the time, the job they were doing was questioned. My article last week highlighted the states failure to respond or communicate as people are growing desperate. This article began to drive traffic from Meltwater, a large corporate PR firm. Zach Schiller the director for Policy Matters Ohio stated at the time that “Other states were able to move more quickly” on accomplishing the task and questioned the service that Deloitte has been paid this large sum to provide.
DeWine received a large sum of contributions from Deloitte in 2018. Other GOP Ohio lawmakers such as Brad Wenstrup (R) Troy Balderson (R) and Roberta E. Latta (R) also received campaign contributions from Deloitte during the 2019 – 2020 campaign cycle. That cycle alone Deloitte contributed almost 2 million to Republicans and Democrats alike nationwide $1,792,500 to be exact.
Cleveland 19 reported in May of 2020 that a class action lawsuit was filed against Deloitte after they were responsible for a data leak that exposed social security numbers and addresses. Yet, after all these problems in 2020 with Deloitte, Kim Henderson the Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family services stated in an article January 20th said “We are working to press our vendor, Deloitte (Consulting), to advance the readiness of that program.” Despite most states having already implemented and began to distribute unemployment funds Ohio has failed to do so for may unemployed workers and has gone as far to deflect questions of why with accusations treating those on unemployment as criminals.
After mentioning Deloitte in an article here on Gonzo Times I started getting traffic from Meltwater, a social listening and public relations company that serves some big money corporate clients. Off of this I assume that while Ohio and Deloitte were unable to pay unemployed workers the bare minimum they needed to survive, but someone cut a big check to a large PR firm.
The state has failed to give any information as to when people would receive unemployment and has not given correspondence to the many unemployed Ohioans who have gone well over a month with no income whatsoever. It sure starts to seem like Ohio has privatized unemployment insurance and social services and while they claimed to not have money for workers who paid into the system, they had enough to contribute to this massive corporation’s profit margin. But then, it went both ways, they were paying our elected officials for a service it seems, and it looks like they got that to the tune of at least 9.6 million. Why do we need elected officials for if they are just paying corporations to run the services they were elected to run? Or did we just elect third party payers for billionaires?