1325 Park Street ● Columbia, SC 29201
P.O. Box 8447 ● Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 765-0680 Toll Free: (877) 882-4025
SC Budget and Control Board
Columbia, South Carolina 29211August 13, 2012
Dear SC Budget and Control Board Members:
The South Carolina State Employees Associaon, SCSEA, has represented the interests of both acve and rered stateemployees since the organizaon was established in 1943. In fact, the rst organizaonal accomplishment of the as-sociaon was the establishment of the state’s rerement system. Since that me the SCSEA has connued to workdiligently to strengthen this benet, one of the most valuable benets available to state employees, rerees, and theirfamilies.
During the most recent legislave session, the General Assembly, working closely with the SCSEA and other organiza-onal representaves, passed legislaon to improve the state’s rerement systems. Part of that eort included in-creasing employee rerement contribuons. This is signicant when you consider 62% of state employees make be-tween $15,000 to $35,000 a year. Moreover, unlike private sector employees who have received pay raises of almost9.5% since 2008, state employees received nothing. In fact, last year state employees experienced a health insurancepremium increase of 4.5%. Factor in layos and furloughs on top of the absence of any longevity service pay plan, nopay raise since 2007, or merit increase since 2001, and it is clear state employees have more than shouldered theirshare of the state’s economic downfall.It is incumbent upon this state’s leaders to strive to recruit and retain the very best and brightest employees. SouthCarolina small businesses clearly understand and have communicated in wring the importance of treang state em-ployees fairly. State employees not only make up a signicant consumer base, South Carolina small businesses alsodepend on the experse and stability of state government to support infrastructure demands and foster a highly qual-ied workforce through our state’s technical educaon system, higher educaon and vocaonal training opportuni-es.The public also recognizes the importance of retaining competent, capable, and responsible state workers to ensurequality of life expectaons from basic needs like clean water to managing complex environmental condions thatthreaten public health and safety. From law enforcement ocials, health and environmental specialists, highwayworkers, teachers, and trac engineers, the public (taxpayers) enjoy the peace of mind state employees deliver on adaily basis. For the record, state employees, rerees, teachers, law enforcement ocers, and just under 500,000 planparcipants are also taxpayers (State and Federal).