Government Spending

SC Officials Won't Tell if European Junkets Paid Off

State officials spent $300,000 touting South Carolina to the crisis-bound continent


If South Carolina taxpayers want to know what they received for the more than $300,000 spent by Gov. Nikki Haley and others on advertised economic development junkets to Europe, they'll have to wait.

The Nerve last week sent written questions to Haley, state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and officials with seven taxpayer-supported regional economic development groups, which were represented at one or more of the trips, seeking specifics on any deals that might have resulted from the high-profile events.