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Gov. Sanford Applauds House and Senate’s Passage of ESC Reform

March 25, 2010

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
MARK SANFORD, GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:    Ben Fox  803-734-2100  bfox@gov.sc.gov

Gov. Sanford Applauds House and Senate’s Passage of ESC Reform

Columbia, S.C. – March 25, 2010 – Gov. Mark Sanford today issued the following statement regarding the dual passage in the House and Senate of an Employment Security Commission (ESC) reform bill.

“Both the House and Senate deserve praise today for decisively addressing the lack of accountability at the ESC by way of commonsense restructuring and reform.” Gov. Sanford said. “On this front, it’s worth singling out Senators Greg Ryberg, Nikki Setzler and Joel Lourie, as well as Representatives Kenny Bingham, Jim Battle and Gilda Cobb-Hunter, for their bipartisan leadership and months-long effort to make real change at the ESC.

“We’ve made clear for more than a year and a half now that the ESC’s incompetence and disturbing lack of accountability have real world consequences * from $171 million in inexplicable payments to people who were fired for good reason and a failure to even investigate fraud since 2008, to an estimated Unemployment Trust Fund shortfall of nearly two billion dollars, as well as the harrowing potential for increased taxes on our state’s businesses and taxpayers as a result.

“In the same way, this wholesale change to the way our state job placement agencies do business will have real world consequences * including a better focus on connecting people looking for a job with open positions across South Carolina. Today’s votes represent a valuable step toward improving our state’s economy, protecting the taxpayers’ wallets, and bettering the individual employment situation of so many across our state.”

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