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SCDEW: The More Things Change



Less than two weeks after S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley decided to take another stab at running a “workforce agency,” the incompetent baboons … err, buffoons in charge of her S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) were up to their old tricks again.

Leaders at this inept agency – which doles out millions of dollars in improper unemployment benefits each year – are soaking up the sunshine at yet another taxpayer-funded “conference.” This month’s venue of choice? The lovely Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa.

“Here, you can nourish your soul on the sandy beaches of Hilton Head Island’s lowcountry coast as you feel the warm ocean breezes, satisfy your shopping sweet tooth with unique boutique shops and outlet retailers nearby, or get on a bike and breathe in the area’s rich history and unparalleled natural surroundings,” the resort’s website boasts.

Sounds nice …

Attending this month’s event? “State and local workforce investment board members, elected officials, workforce professionals, as well as representatives of economic development and community-based organizations,” a brochure produced by SCDEW states.

Obviously course sun and fun on YOUR dime is nothing new for SCDEW bureaucrats. Last year, in the midst of multiple rounds of layoffs, agency leaders took time to relax at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and to play some golf at the Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club.

Again … must be nice.

Well … unless you’re one of the Palmetto State businesses and individual South Carolina taxpayers getting the bill for this agency’s incompetence.