The benefit of doing contract work for the government is knowing that you're going to get paid. The drawback is that you don't know when. The check that finally got here yesterday was for an invoice dated February 13.
There's no reason it should have taken over a month. We had to call almost daily to track the payment, and no matter who we talked to, it always seemed to be on someone else's desk. Someone who was out of the office that day.
Monday we were told it had finally been signed on Friday, but no one could find out if it had been mailed. I checked the post mark yesterday, and it was mailed from Sacramento Monday.
But at least it was here, and I could write all those checks, pay off all the suppliers (including finance charges for late payments) and pay down some of the credit line.
When you work for the state of California, you should probably figure the cost of borrowing money and alienating your creditors into your price, because by the time you get paid for work done in February, it might be late March and you might have some heavy interest payments to make.