Revenue hacking to impact restructuring debate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Those who want to overhaul state government and give South Carolina's governor more control of bureaucratic functions will try again in the legislative session starting this week.

But many legislators say the hacking last fall of millions of taxpayers' personal information from an agency Gov. Nikki Haley controls hurts arguments to give her office more responsibilities.

Other lawmakers argue the Department of Revenue debacle strengthens arguments for additional oversight in the bill.

Proposals to abolish the Budget and Control Board and transfer many of its duties to a new Department of Administration died repeatedly under former Gov. Mark Sanford.

Haley made it her administration's signature issue. A law enabling Haley to claim victory came close to passing last June but died in the Senate as session ended without a vote.

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