By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
COLUMBIA — Christmas apparently came early this year for higher-paid South Carolina House staffers — courtesy of state taxpayers.
As of March, 32 staffers earning at least $50,000 annually had received raises ranging from 5 percent to 55 percent compared with the previous fiscal year, according to a review by The Nerve of a state salary database and House records.
The biggest beneficiaries of the pay hikes included the chamber’s highest-paid administrator, House Clerk Charles Reid, and House Speaker Bobby Harrell‘s spokesman, Greg Foster.
Another eight staffers who were earning less than $50,000 moved into the $50,000-plus club this past fiscal year, which ended June 30, with their raises ranging from at least 5 percent to 20 percent.
And the House had added six new full-timers earning at least $50,000, bringing the total number of staffers in that group to 46, compared with 34 the previous fiscal year, records show.