Lawmakers send Sanford unemployment agency overhaul

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will have control of the state's unemployment agency by the end of the week with legislation headed to his desk.

Legislators gave final approval on Thursday to compromise legislation that creates a new Cabinet-level Workforce Department.

Sanford also will appoint the first director for the new agency.

The existing Employment Security Commission has been facing criticism for more than a year.

Auditors found the commission didn't do enough to prevent the state's jobless benefits trust fund from going broke. And they said the agency was inept at handling responsibilities, including accounting for income tax payments withheld from jobless benefits checks but not sent to the IRS or state Revenue Department.

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