Considering the financial situation of the state, the reason why ODJFS gets the porker title for March is just unbelievable:
When you get hit with an interest charge because you paid your bills late, who has to pay that charge? You, of course. When the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) gets hit with an interest charge because it paid its bills late, who has to pay that charge? You, of course. For sticking taxpayers with $272,261 in interest charges since 2005, ODJFS gets the March Porker of the Month.
What is the excuse of ODJFS? The state isn't out of money (yet). It's not like ODJFS is waiting for its paycheck to be deposited before it can pay its gas bill.
The state also has an electronic accounts and payment system. Apparently it is not working too well. In fact, before the state implemented the new system it actually paid less in interest fees because of late payments.
Maybe if the interest had to be paid by the politicians and government administrators, they'd find a way to make sure payments got made on time.
There is no excuse for the state agencies to ever pay interest because they are late on a payment. Ohio taxpayers are already paying enough!