Commerce spent $134K on 2 overseas trips

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The state Commerce Department says it spent $134,000 on economic development trips to London and Tokyo earlier this year. That's $26,000 below the agency's initial estimates. 

According to the agency's final tally, it spent more than $97,000 to send Gov. Nikki Haley and 10 other state employees to an international air show in London in July. It spent $36,880 to pay for Haley and seven others to attend a trade meeting in Japan in September. 

The tallies were provided to The Associated Press and other media through open records requests. 

Haley's tab was the highest on the Toyko trip, at $4,983, largely because of higher air fare. Her tab was the third-lowest in London. 

The tallies do not include costs of those sent by local governments, colleges and regional alliances.

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