Who’s Paying For Nikki Haley’s “Workforce Training?”

YOU ARE … S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley loves to rail against the big, bad federal government – and specifically against U.S. President Barack Obama. “The hardest part of my job continues to be this federal government, this administration, this president,” Haley said during a speech to the 2012 Republican National…


S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley loves to rail against the big, bad federal government – and specifically against U.S. President Barack Obama.

“The hardest part of my job continues to be this federal government, this administration, this president,” Haley said during a speech to the 2012 Republican National Convention in August.

Obviously Obama is making it increasingly difficult for states to be competitive … so we’ll grant Haley that point.

Of course Haley didn’t mind it when Obama’s administration floated her Department of Transportation (SCDOT) a $52 million loan last year to keep it afloat.  And she’s obviously made the federally funded inflation of South Carolina’s Medicaid rolls a “priority” of her administration in anticipation of Obama’s socialized medicine monstrosity.

Earlier this week, Haley once again took advantage of federal largesse … this time to bail her out of a major public relations disaster.

Eager to shift public attention from the snowballing scandal at her S.C. Department of Revenue, Haley announced a new “workforce training” initiative – a “partnership” between the state of South Carolina and a non-profit workforce assessment organization.

Called the “South Carolina Certified Work Ready Community Initiative,” Haley unveiled her proposal alongside several private sector CEOs earlier this week in Orangeburg, S.C. – and (surprise, surprise), not a single reporter asked where the money for the initiative was coming from.

Of course they didn’t have to – because at her press conference, Haley volunteered that the new program “won’t cost the state anything.”


Once again if this woman’s lips are moving, then the truth is not escaping them.

According to a source in the Haley administration, the governor is tapping “at least $900,000” from her scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) to fund this initiative.  This, of course, is the same incompetent agency that has been living high on the hog while forcing South Carolina businesses and individual taxpayers to cover its massive debt to the federal government.

It’s also the same agency whose inability to read a calendar just cost South Carolina businesses another $9 million.

So … where did SCDEW get the money?

Apparently it’s part of a federal funding stream made available through the Wagner-Peyser Act – a New Deal-era bill that established the federal government’s purview over job training and placement (which are clearly not core functions of government).  According to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), South Carolina received more than $2 million in Wagner-Peyser funds during the fiscal year that ended in September 2011 – and roughly the same amount the previous year.

Accordingly, Haley’s claim that her new program “won’t cost the state anything” is yet another lie.  It’s costing the state at least $900,000 – money that it received from the federal government she loves to hate.


Related posts


Why Freedom Of Information Matters

Jenn Wood

University Of South Carolina Gets ‘Green Light’ For Free Speech?

Erin Parrott

Accused Voyeur At It Again?

Will Folks


junior justice November 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Someone has said this before – “slippier than whale shit”.

Juno December 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

How about lower than “whale’s shit” and that’s on the very bottom of the deep blue sea.

January December 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I think ACT (same company that has the ACT college entrance exam) is paying some of it from what little is known about this program/initiative. It is part WorkKeys testing, profiling and some other softskills test that I don’t believe ACT hasn’t been very successful in selling employers on using. People pay to take the tests because ACT charges to take the test. I don’t know how much the tests cost, but heard from my friend they ain’t cheap.

Kim Brechtel November 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

How do I loathe that bitch and I would prefer to use another word for her…….MY apologies to those female dogs out there and the average bitches who aren’t as nasty and to haley’s level!

Moofy November 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

This is money that came from all of the 50 (or 57) states of the union.
(Me thinks Obama may have been thing of Heinz Ketchup with a similar remark.) Anyways, while Haley may be partly correct the we’re not paying for it. We tend to forget that with any and all federal money that her and her cronies say NO to, that it can go elsewhere. meaning that we in SC are paying for programs that we don’t want here.
Is any of that remotely correct ? …

little rocky from arkansas November 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Why is the top of her head still shaped like a football? Didn’t she go to Japan to have that repaired?

Ralph Hightower November 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

And yet SC Governot Haley blames the IRS for the FOR data breach… On one hand, she tells the Feds “Get out of my way!”, on the other hand, she’s saying that the data breach wouldn’t have happened if the IRS told us how to increase data security and to encrypt the data.

RINO November 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Maybe she could dance at Heartbreakers before it closes and raise some money that way, or back in the VIP room…

little rocky from arkansas November 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

“raise some money that way” – sounds very interesting. Although right now I have the hots for Templeton, if she looks as good as the last picture shown here a few days ago.

Don't worry about it November 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

You people are idiots. Funding job training is way better than other social programs. This can help people that can’t afford it be able to get training for jobs that will allow them to get off of benifits and pay taxes. This is actually something she is doing right.

Crooner November 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Unions have these things called apprenticeship programs whereby new members are taught the trade. Sure, they’re learning OTJ but the apprentice wage scale is below that of the fully trained journeyman.

In non-union states such as SC, employers like Springs Mills had their own training programs for employees.

However, in this day and age of the broken social contract between corporations and their employees, businesses rely on government to provide them with a trained work force. It seems training their own employees actually costs money, and affects profits available to stockholders, not to mention management bonuses.

dwb619 November 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm

And the unions apprenticeship programs, facilities, instructors,etc. or paid for by the UNION MEMBERS!

Beaver Cleaver November 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

She’d have to pay me to watch that (sadly, now) flat ass and flat chest – poor thing. That blue skirt was all she had going for her.

boohoo haley owns u losers November 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

all you losers would sell out faster and with even less ethics and integrity than haley.

Lance Riprock November 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

It’s human nature; there’s no interest like self-interest.

Stephan November 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

She not agin’ well.

Blago Blutarsky November 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

What happened to her head? She must have hit it crawling out from under Nate’s desk…

cancerman December 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

Who gives a fuck whatvthis lying bitch does next unless she vacaits the mansion’ they it will truly be a godamn good day in south carolina.

insider December 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

Why isn’t SC Certified Work Ready Community Iniative registered with SC Sec. of State? Hmm.

padre December 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

1. Employers pay into unemployment, not taxpayers.
2. The (SCDEW) agency’s computer had a glitch which didn’t charge employer’s correctly.

Where do you get your facts, guy?


Leave a Comment