Legislators still fuming over cut jobless services

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A state legislator insists a clause in the House budget plan forces South Carolina's unemployment agency to resume in-person help with unemployment benefits in 17 rural offices. But the governor's office is adamant it does no such thing. 

Democratic Rep. Ted Vick of Chesterfield said Wednesday his amendment requires the Department of Employment and Workforce to restore one-on-one help with unemployment benefits. Offices where those services were cut Feb. 15 include Vick's home county. 

Vick's proposal became part of the budget plan Tuesday after a motion to kill it failed 42-66. 

But a spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley says the paragraph actually does nothing, other than give the Cabinet agency flexibility it already has. Rob Godfrey says the agency used that flexibility in deciding how to reallocate diminishing federal dollars.
 

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