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Here’s SCDEW’s “Restructuring Plan”



We’ve written extensively recently about budget shortfalls and layoffs at S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s chronically mismanaged Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW).

For those of you unfamiliar with the Palmetto State’s ever-expanding maze of alphabet soup bureaucracies, this is the agency which doles out federal unemployment benefits … badly, at that.

(Cue boilerplate) Last year SCDEW doled out $54.5 million in “improper claims” according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). In fact over the last three years the agency has an improper payment rate of 14.7 percent – one of the highest in the nation.

Who’s picking up the tab for this incompetence? South Carolina businesses and taxpayers.

Abraham Turner – Haley’s first choice to lead SCDEW – resigned his post last month in disgrace, and a search is currently underway for his replacement.

Anyway, we were recently forwarded a copy of the agency’s proposed “restructuring plan,” which is the impetus for all the recent layoffs …

Wanna read it? Knock yourself out (see the link below) …

Frankly we have no problem with SCDEW’s efforts. If the agency is in fact reducing its overhead and providing services more efficiently, we’re all for that. Our problem? The elevated numbers of South Carolinians who don’t have jobs due to the failed policies of our state’s leaders.

Oh, and is SCDEW was this bloated and this inefficient, why didn’t Haley do something about it … you know, more than two years ago?