COLUMBIA - South Carolina has borrowed another $20 million to cover unemployment checks and Gov. Mark Sanford wants legislators to do more to head off a tax increase on employers.
Sanford's office Thursday provided a copy of a letter to Senate and House leaders that asked for a push to move the Employment Security Commission into a new Cabinet-level agency he would control.
Sanford says delaying action on the request will lead to more borrowing and ultimately to a tax increase on employers.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell of Charleston says moving the commission's operations under the governor's control won't affect the jobless rates that have led to borrowing. South Carolina's 11.4 percent unemployment rate was nation's third highest in March.