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Agency details $231K tab for Haley's Europe trip

Sep 22, 2011 9:20:00 PM - thestate.com
The final tab for Gov. Nikki Haley's economic development trip to the Paris Air Show and Germany was $231,490, according to a report the South Carolina Commerce Department released Thursday.

But that tab was reduced by $64,000 chipped in by eight economic development groups around the state and money from agencies to cover their staff and the Republican governor's security detail.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said the governor is recruiting jobs every day and that's paying off. On Wednesday, tiremaker Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced a $1 billion investment that will bring 850 jobs by 2020. "She expects more job announcements in the future from her economic development trip to Europe, and she believes such efforts pay off handsomely for workers and taxpayers in our state," Godfrey said.

That left the state Commerce Department footing $157,746 in bills. That's more than $30,000 above the figure reported last first earlier this month by The Post and Courier of Charleston. Haley made national news by calling the reporter who broke the story a "little girl" then offering what critics said was a demeaning call for forgiveness.

Commerce Department spokeswoman Amy Love said the difference reflects bills that were paid later.

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