One of Nikki Haley’s first acts as governor of South Carolina will be to lead Thursday’s state Budget and Control Board meeting. The powerful Board runs most of the state’s administrative functions, which includes authorizing how agencies can spend their money.
Thursday’s agenda is light, mostly dealing with personnel matters. Haley has nominated Eleanor Kitzman as executive director. Since no other nominations have been made, the board will likely approve Kitzman, who has the public support of a majority of the board’s five members.
Kitzman led the state’s Department of Insurance under former governor Mark Sanford. She will replace longtime head Frank Fusco, who announced his resignation last week after almost ten years in the position.
Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom also serves on the board. He says personnel matters will probably be it for Thursday’s meeting.
That’s all that we’ve been told is going to be on the agenda. I don’t see any surprises.
That means the board will not address more than $264 million in deficits from three state agencies: Corrections, Health and Human Services, and Social Services. Eckstrom says that will probably be addressed at the Board’s next meeting.
I think that the plan is to address the deficit after the Governor has a couple of weeks to do some work in that area. I’ve looked at the details. I’m not sure what can be done at this point.
Any executive agency requires permission from the board before it can operate at a loss.
The Board will meet at 4pm in the Wade Hampton Building on the Statehouse grounds.