COLUMBIA -- The troubled Employment Security Commission failed again this month to pay its taxes on time.

Rodney Welch, communications specialist for the jobless benefits agency, said officials discovered in mid-February that the agency was two weeks late on paying its withholding taxes.

"Once this was realized, payment was made immediately," Welch said.

Gov. Mark Sanford's communications director, Ben Fox, said the commission needs an overhaul, a cause the governor has championed since 2008.

"Simply astounding -- and another disturbing exhibit in what should be an open-and-shut case for accountability and real reform at the ESC," Fox said of the late taxes.

The Senate has spent the last two weeks discussing a plan aimed at reforming the agency. The House passed its version last week.

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