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Loftis says Haley, staff making backroom decisions

Mar 22, 2011 12:01:00 PM - thestate.com
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis said today that Gov. Nikki Haley and Budget and Control Board staff are making backroom decisions that cut the public out of the process.

Loftis specifically criticized the hiring of a new S.C. Retirement Systems director, saying he was not consulted despite serving on the Retirement System's investment panel.

"They find the number of votes they need and they tell me after the fact," Loftis said.

Loftis said he did not know if the decision violated state open meetings laws.

Loftis also criticized the five-member Budget and Control Board for failing to acknowledge publicly an $88 million increase in the state's portion of public-sector employees' retirement benefits. The board voted to deal with the question at a later meeting.

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