Haley blames Sheheen for SC borrowing money

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley is blaming her opponent for the state's unemployment trust fund going broke, saying he was warned of the problem in a 2008 meeting.

Vincent Sheheen was among eight legislators - 2 of them Democrats - who interviewed Employment Security Commission candidates.

Haley accuses Sheheen of not following through after at least one commissioner said in April 2008 that the trust fund would go broke soon.

South Carolina has borrowed nearly $887 million from the federal government to pay jobless benefits. South Carolina is 1 of dozens of states that have borrowed money amid the recession to cover the payments.

In December 2008, Gov. Mark Sanford faulted GOP legislative leaders for putting the issue off until after the election.

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