STATE HOUSE: Group ranks SC 45th for jobs transparency

Posted by JEFF WILKINSON on January 29, 2014 

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Azaleas in full spring bloom around the State House, photographed March 30, 2000.

RENEE ITTNER-MCMANUS — The State

— South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation in disclosing online the subsidies and credits it gives to companies that locate or expand here.

The Palmetto State received only a 1 point score from the Washington D.C.-based Good Jobs first organization. It is tied for 45th with Hawaii and Nevada.

South Carolina scored only for listing online the job development credits given to companies for creating jobs in enterprise zones.

Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho and Kansas finished last scoring no points.

Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina finished first, second and third with scores of 65, 58 and 48 respectively.

States were judged on such catagories as listing actual numbers of jobs created, wage and payroll projections and closing funds. For a breakdown of how other states fared, click here.

South Carolina was critcized for not disclosing online economic impact zone investment credits, governor’s closing funds, job tax credits and recipient disclosures for the readySC training program.

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