- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dozens of state agency directors in South Carolina are getting raises of up to 4 percent.

The Agency Head Salary Commission on Tuesday approved performance raises for agency leaders that take effect Jan. 1. The combined raises total $168,200. The commission determined each director’s increase based on performance evaluations filled out by either an agency’s governing board or - in the case of Cabinet members - their boss Gov. Nikki Haley.

Of the 82 directors and college presidents whose salaries the commission sets, 38 will get raises averaging 1.5 percent, Budget and Control Board spokesman Scott Hawkins said Wednesday.

Those ineligible include directors hired since Oct. 1, college presidents who received raises this fiscal year through their schools’ private foundations, and directors who are continuing to work after officially retiring. The latter explains why 21 people were excluded from the raises.

The state budget provided public workers a 2 percent cost-of-living increase July 1. Agency heads weren’t eligible for that. The last time the commission approved raises for agency leaders was in November 2012.

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