Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Press Release from Mike Kole, Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State

August 22, 2006 Contact
For Immediate Release Rob Place 317-776-1042

Mike Kole Interested in Bauer’s BMV Proposal

Direct Accountability to Voters is Good Government

Fishers, IN- Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State Mike Kole found his curiosity piqued by Pat Bauer’s recent proposal to place the BMV under the direction of the Secretary of State’s office.

“There is a lot of dissatisfaction with the BMV right now, and when that’s the case, people notice that there isn’t direct accountability to the voters,” said Kole of the appointed position of BMV chief.

Kole considered that the idea that this might merely be an election season stunt.

“Even if Mr. Bauer is just making an issue in a known sore spot like the BMV’s recent performance, it’s a fact that the more accountable government can be, the more efficient its service will be. I think it’s always worthwhile to look at how services are administered, and if we can make the BMV directly accountable without adding any new bureaucracy, it’s worth considering,” said Kole, adding, “I don’t think it would be that great a burden for competent management to add the oversight of the BMV to the oversight of elections, business services, and securities.”

Kole was amused at the source of this concept.

“I didn’t know Pat Bauer was the Democrat running for Secretary of State,” he quipped.

Mike Kole’s campaign themes are Integrity, and Accountability.


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Mike Kole is available for comment. Call Mike directly on 317-709-3874 to set up an interview.

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Robert Enders said...

What does everyone think of BMV privitization: allowing private companies to set up new BMV locations. The private BMV branches will offer a limited number of services, such as licence renewal, title transfers and such. The hope is that a private branch will offer better service for the same amount charged in fees. Private branches must be certified by the state and recieve a percetnage of all fees collected at that branch. So a private branch has a strong incentive to offer good service in order to attract more BMV users.

Tim Zank said...

My advice would be, privatize the bureau and NEVER let the politicians near it again.