Governor Sanford today announced that the upcoming Unemployment Roundtable Discussion, hosted by the Governor's Office and the Department of Commerce, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, in Room 252 of the Edgar Brown Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia.
"Given the need for reform at the Employment Security Commission (ESC), an Unemployment Insurance Fund deficit approaching $1 billion and a potentially harmful tax increase on our business community, I believe it's important we all learn more about what might be changed in the present system," Gov. Sanford said. "It's time we partner together to avoid simply raising taxes up to $567 per employee on our state's businesses, and instead find alternatives - proactive alternatives that provide more in the way of accountability and better connect those looking for work with job opportunities. On that front, I'd give real credit to Representative Kenny Bingham, Speaker Bobby Harrell and Senators Greg Ryberg and Nikki Setzler, along with leaders in the business community for their efforts in trying to move forward legislation this past session that would have reformed the ESC and impacted unemployment, and I look forward to joining them next session as we deal head-on with the most visible and pervasive challenge our state faces today."
Speakers and expert panelists include: State Senator Greg Ryberg; State Representative Kenny Bingham; John Rainey, Chairman of the Board of Economic Advisors; Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson, South Carolina Department of Commerce; John Stephen and Jay Lucas, The Lucas Group; Dr. Barry Russell, President, SC Technical College System; Ted Halley, SC Employment Security Commission; Nita Colman, Worklink (Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens County OneStops); and Dr. Peggy Torrey, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, among others.
All interested South Carolinians, business owners, community leaders, legislators, stakeholders, and members of the media are invited to attend. Given the number of RSVPs already received, please call or email Leigh LeMoine (803-734-0067; firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions and to confirm your attendance.