Gov. Nikki Haley was under scrutiny this week by the press to account for the activities of a group she dubbed her Fiscal Crisis Task Force. She appointed the volunteer team just after the election to to advise her about the actual numbers in the state budget crisis, according to Ashley Landess, a task force member.
Landess is president of the watchdog group, the South Carolina Policy Council. She is an outspoken advocate of transparency in state government spending.
Landess says the few task force fact-finding meetings were held in public buildings with public officials. A story by the Associated Press reported that the group was willing to meet in secret in order to speak openly with each other. Landess says she never heard that come up. She says when they met with Gov. Haley, it was an informal format.
…and to her knowledge, Landess says their work is over. She says they are not meeting now, nor have they been asked to meet now.
The transitional task force also included George Schroeder, former director of the Legislative Audit Council for 33 years; State Rep. Nathan Ballentine, a mortgage banker; former 1st District Congressman Henry Brown; and state Sen. Tom Davis, an attorney.