Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's running tab for handling the hacking of millions of taxpayers' personal data is approaching $20 million. So far, officials are giving no indications of how they'll pay for it.
Gov. Nikki Haley's office has declined to offer a proposal for paying for contracts she and Revenue Director Jim Etter entered in the wake of the nation's largest hacking of a state agency.
Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says she is consulting with the chairmen of the House and Senate budget-writing committees.
The state owes the largest single amount of $12 million to Experian. The first half of that is due Dec. 15. The rest must be paid by Jan. 31.
Revenue's possibilities for paying it include asking the Budget and Control Board for permission to run a deficit.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)