SC natural resources agency faces cuts, furloughs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

January 15, 2010

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says it will have to trim staff and impose furloughs because of state budget cuts.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Friday that DNR director John Frampton told the agency's nearly 700 employees to expect a cut of at least 50 people.

Frampton's letter also warns of 10 days without pay for workers. He told the newspaper the agency is in a critical position.

The agency already has ordered a hiring freeze, closed 16 offices and combined some divisions to deal with spending cuts.

The letter came after the Budget and Control board ordered a 5 percent reduction last month and lawmakers are considering more cuts in July.

Frampton says the agency's budget has gone from $31 million in 2001 to $17 million this year.

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