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Fusco out at Budget and Control Board

Jan 7, 2011 12:11:00 PM - thestate.com
The head of the S.C. agency that oversees the state budget, state building maintenance and properties, and other administrative functions will resign. S.C. Budget and Control director Frank Fusco said Friday that he will resign his post Jan. 14, two days after Gov.-elect Nikki Haley is sworn into office. Fusco, a onetime aide to former Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges, has held the job since 2001, with one interruption. He earns $173,380 a year. The board is important because it controls much of the state’s bureaucracy. Outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford has railed for years that most of its functions should be given to the governor to oversee. “Through you, the services and oversight provided by this board have made government more effective, accountable and transparent,” Fusco said in a farewell e-mail to colleagues. “Clearly, we have made a significant impact in improving these important areas providing cost savings for all levels of government.” Sanford sought to oust Fusco and insert his own pick into the position for most of his two terms. However, the head of the budget board is chosen by a majority vote of the five-member State Budget and Control Board -- made up of the governor, treasurer, comptroller general and chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees – and the governor was only once able to put together a majority coalition on the board. Sanford won a temporary victory after the election of Thomas Ravenel as treasurer in 2006, ousting Fusco and hiring the Republican governor’s former chief-of-staff Henry White for the post. But Ravenel’s resignation from office following a cocaine arrest cleared the way for Fusco to be rehired in August 2007 with the support of the board’s two Republican legislative members and Converse Chellis, a onetime GOP state representative that the Legislature elected to succeed Ravenel as treasurer. Chellis lost his re-election bid in the GOP primary last year, leading to speculation that Haley would ally with Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and incoming Treasurer Curtis Loftis to oust Fusco.

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