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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees are facing federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions a week after a deadly prison riot, according to federal court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.The indictments against 14 corrections employees, including at least 11 officers, include charges of racketeering, bribery and wire fraud, and in some cases are connected to actions that allegedly took place as long as three years ago. The indictments don't detail how much the employees are accused of accepting in exchange for smuggling drugs, cellphones and phone accessories into state prisons.The defendants were expected to appear in court later Wednesday.The indictments were unsealed a little more than a week after a deadly riot at Lee Correctional Institution left seven inmates dead — and just one day after the AP quoted several people connected to correctional institutions as … [Read more...] about SC corrections employees charged in contraband ring
S.C. teachers will get a 2 percent pay raise under a budget proposal approved Wednesday by the House’s budget-writing committee. The Ways and Means Committee also OK’d raising the starting salary for new teachers with a bachelor’s degree to $32,000, up from about $30,000. But not all state workers would be so lucky under the proposal. The $8.2 billion general fund budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1 does not include across-the-board pay raises for state workers, already underpaid compared to the private sector and public-sector workers in other states. Nor does it raise the salaries of S.C. judges — from the S.C. Supreme Court to family courts. Carlton Washington, head of the S.C. State Employees Association, called the absence of raises “irresponsible.” “It further depletes the morale and does nothing to provide good services to citizens of South Carolina,” he said. House budget writers also did not add more … [Read more...] about SC teachers get raises, but colleges won’t be happy with House budget proposal
For 20 years, the single mother of two has worked for the state of South Carolina. Today, she makes less than $40,000, S.C. lawmakers were told Wednesday. That state worker – who also has a part-time job elsewhere to help make ends meet – is looking to leave government for another job, said Angelee Williams, president of the S.C. State Employees Association. “Please don’t think that I am ungrateful for my job,” the state worker, whose name was not disclosed, told association executive director Carlton Washington by email in November of last year. “I know how fortunate I am to be employed. But, when it comes to my salary, it is sad that after I have worked most of my life ... I am not being paid a competitive wage.” The low pay of state workers dramatically affects their attitudes and the ability of state agencies to recruit new workers, Washington wrote legislators earlier this month. And state agencies, which have about 36,000 state-paid … [Read more...] about ‘All-time low morale’ among SC state workers due to low pay, officials say
State employees have dim prospects of getting a pay raise this year, but one group is pushing for a big pay bump, arguing they are underpaid significantly. The S.C. Judicial Department is asking for a 20 percent pay hike for all state judges, a request a S.C. House panel will consider Wednesday. The raise would cost state taxpayers an additional $6.3 million a year. All justices and judges in the state Judicial Department would see their pay increase. For example, if approved by lawmakers, the pay hike would mean a roughly $31,000-a-year raise for state Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty to about $187,000 a year. The other Supreme Court justices and more than 100 judges in the state’s appeals, circuit and family courts also would see substantial boosts to their salaries, which now range from about $137,000 to $149,000 a year. The proposed raises do not include other Judicial Department employees, including the more than 100 court reporters who create the records of what … [Read more...] about Raises for SC employees unlikely, but judges want a 20% pay hike