Welfare Shortfall

State will reimburse $133 million for welfare error

The state will reimburse a federal welfare fund 133 million dollars to help address an error that led to overspending millions of federal welfare dollars. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will make the reimbursement to address overspending from 2000 through 2003. ODJFS director Tom Hayes says the agency is still determining how much money is needed to address overspending from the budget year that just ended. Hayes says the agency will spend about 100 million dollars to fund a new program beginning in the current budget year that will help avoid the problems that created the overspending. Hayes says the human services department was doing the equivalent of living off the federal government's credit card for the last few years.