At Gov. Nikki Haley’s full cabinet meeting today, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt took the blame for inaccurate job creation numbers .
AUDIO: Hitt apologizes to the governor
During an appearance at BMW last week, Governor Nikki Haley said 10,000 new jobs had been announced in South Carolina since her administration took office in January.
However, a recent report by the Associated Press’s Seanna Adcox revealed that the numbers did not add up to the 10,000 for which the governor takes credit. Thousands came from deals already in the works, while others like Amazon did not have the governor’s backing.
AUDIO: The governor responded to Hitt’s apology, blaming the media:
Haley moved on, reporting that the state was “all the buzz” at the Paris Air Show from which she and Hitt recently returned. She says all eyes are on the production of the Boeing Dreamliner luxury airplane.
Gov. Haley’s cabinet meeting focused on the successes of her appointees in the past six months, including:
AUDIO: HHS Director Keck says he is cutting program costs
New cabinet members shared frustrations. SLED Chief Mark Keel has been in his new post for only days and told his colleagues he has two people in the state inspecting 16,000 licenses. He says he is currently making decisions about “how to get back where we need to be. Wish I could be smiling and happy right now, but we have some work to do.”
Haley also introduced her new state Inspector General Jim Martin, who is working under executive order of the governor to investigate claims of fraud and abuse in cabinet agencies.
AUDIO: Martin: In spite of reports about probes he is launching, his fellow cabinet members should not worry:
Other reports from the almost two-hour cabinet meeting include:
-Department of Juvenile Justice’s Margaret Barber says 40 businesses stepped up to put kids to work in the community, to continue to reduce the number behind bars to her goal of 100 or less.”
-Department of Revenue’s Jim Etter says they are using IT legacy systems written in antiquated language. Haley says a new Department of Administration will streamline those costs.
-Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller says she has centralized supervision of county attorneys, with $3.8 million savings in general funds. She is coordinating foster care medical services with Keck’s Medicaid agency. She says it will save money and address a problem she describes as “over-medicated kids who languish in foster care until they are unadoptable.”
Koller is also privatizing the “Welfare to Work” program and accepting Requests For Proposals (RFPs) this August.
Tuesday’s cabinet meeting was the last for John Finan, who was interim director of the Department of Employment and Workforce. He will return to retirement.