The new system, which went live Tuesday, has the support of both liberal and conservative groups such as Common Cause Ohio and the Buckeye Institute, Mandel said.
“It is the kind of thing that can be useful in encouraging thriftiness and accountability,” said Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio, a left-leaning good government group.
“This online checkbook seems like it’d be a very helpful and useful tool not only for journalists but for citizens in general. I’m sure many people will make use of it,” said Dennis Hetzel of the Ohio Newspaper Association.
Mandel said the system cost $813,980 to build — money culled from budget cuts made elsewhere in his office. About 37 states have online checkbook systems, but Mandel argues that Ohio’s will set a new standard for ease of use and comprehensiveness.
Not included in the postings is individual tax refund or welfare payment checks since that is not public information. Mandel said his next step is to push local governments, public pension systems and public universities and colleges to put their checkbooks online.