Gov. Mark Sanford signed the law last week to restructure the state’s Employment Security Commission. He says in the next two weeks, he’ll announce his decision about who should head the agency. Then a panel will review the governor’s choice. The panel is made up of three appointees from the House, three from the Senate and three from the governor.
Democrat Gilda Cobb Hunter, a leader in the ESC reform process, requests of the governor that he “make sure that the person who is chosen to fill this position is one who is competent, qualified and above reproach in every way,”
Representative Cobb-Hunter says there is much work ahead still in improving what was the Employment Security Commission.
This is the beginning of a long process. I hope that we are not confused that because this bill is being signed into law that all of the problems associated with the Employment Security Commission are no longer there. There are some very systemic problems that I am hopeful that we can approach and attack in a bipartisan fashion, just as we did this.
The greatest, says Cobb-Hunter, is fixing the Unemployment Security Trust Fund that pays out extensions to unemployment. Governor Sanford last week agreed, saying the signs were there that the trust fund was in trouble.
“The LAC [Legislative Audit Council] in its report said that ‘if the ESC had been a private insurance company, its license would have been revoked as early as 2001, based on what they were doing with reserves.'”
The House and the Senate are on furlough this week and will get back together April 13th.