Now it seems withholding more information has now cost the state another $12 million.
A year ago, Ohio Lottery Director Michael A. Dolan persuaded skeptical legislators to buy $11.6 million worth of equipment to launch the state's Keno game on a promise that the setup would still work after a year -- a premise that Dolan later admitted was false.The arrogance and irresponsibility of the Strickland Administration continues to rear its ugly head.
Now, as Dolan prepares to ask the same legislative panel to approve a $41 million contract with another company to run Keno and other lottery games for the next two years, the director's past dubious promises could return to haunt him.
The Lottery now is stuck with 2,000 Keno terminals, including 772 that sit in warehouses, never opened. Dolan said he hopes to sell them to other states.
Strickland's chief legal counsel, Kent Markus, advised Dolan against telling the Controlling Board last year that the Lottery was about to switch vendors, Dolan has testified. Disclosure might have raised questions about the Keno equipment's compatibility.
"Were (lottery officials) directed or instructed not to talk about it? No," Markus said in an interview.
In his deposition, Dolan said the governor's office had instructed him not to disclose that information to legislators.
"Not a request, no," Dolan said in response to a lawyer's question.
"Was it an instruction?" the lawyer asked.
"Yes," Dolan replied.
The question is whether Ohioans will pay enough attention to recognize all the harm the Strickland Administration has brought the state.
That means taking responsibility. If you read this blog regularly, you're likely a conservative. And that means you want to do whatever you can to get people like Gov. Strickland out of office.
So what can you do?