Last month, we published an exclusive report about a taxpayer-funded golf getaway for bureaucrats at the scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW).

Bear in mind that this is the same agency that was the subject of a scathing audit by the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC) earlier this year – an audit which revealed that it owed $782 million to the federal government from its unemployment insurance fund. How is this debt being repaid? Via a mixture of tax hikes on businesses and individual South Carolinians, naturally.

Since that audit came out, the U.S. Department of Labor has placed SCDEW on alert due to its “continuous failure to meet the minimum standard of performance” related to the distribution of unemployment benefits. One out of every five dollars in unemployment benefits doled out in South Carolina is awarded erroneously – the eighth-highest percentage in the nation. Obviously that’s a big problem in a state that also has one of the highest unemployment rates in America.

Anyway, after escaping to Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club last month for a little R&R, SCDEW bureaucrats are in the process of planning another taxpayer-funded getaway in September – only this time they are headed to Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Take a look …

From: Speed, Eugene []
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 1:12 PM
To: VetReps; One Stop Operators; Area Directors; DEW Staff Managers
Cc: Melvin, Chena; King, Dennis; Paczynski, Michelle; Tucker, Torienia; Sherlock, Pat; McGriff, Clarke
Subject: Veteran Conference

Good afternoon,

The Annual Veteran Education/Appreciation Conference is quickly approaching. The conference will be held at the Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC. Save the dates of September 17 – 19, 2012.

Detailed information is forthcoming.

Eugene F. Speed
Director of Veterans Service
email address:
Office Number: (803) 737-2423
Blackberry: (803) 413-7881

Must be nice, huh? And once again, this government-subsidized getaway has been scheduled smack dab in the middle of a work week (inasmuch as anyone at this agency ever really “works”).

“It’s a great day in South Carolina,” people … so long as you’re spending other people’s money on taxpayer-funded vacations.

UPDATE: One of our readers has pointed out that Kingston Plantation is where the S.C. Association of School Administrators – which receives taxpayer funding – holds its annual summer conferences