Salaries set for SC's revenue, unemployment heads

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A legislative panel has set salaries for the new directors of South Carolina's unemployment and revenue agencies.

The Agency Head Salary Commission voted to give Bill Blume $156,000 as director of the state's tax collection agency. Cheryl Stanton will earn $145,000 to lead the Department of Employment and Workforce.

Both replaced directors who resigned amid criticism from legislators.

Blume took over revenue in January. He replaced Jim Etter, whose resignation coincided with Gov. Nikki Haley acknowledging the state did not do enough to prevent the cyber-theft of residents' personal data from their tax returns.

Stanton begins her job Monday.

Blume's and Stanton's salaries are at least somewhat higher than their predecessors but less than Haley requested.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says the Republican governor knows they'll deliver results for residents.

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