I am outraged -- as all South Carolina taxpayers should be -- at the recent security breach at the state Department of Revenue.
Thanks to the failure of state employees to encrypt crucially sensitive information, thieves now have my name, Social Security number and a variety of other information they can use to steal my identity and my money for years to come. I find it inconceivable that this fiasco could not have been avoided by due diligence in safeguarding that information.
Yes, we are getting a "free" year of credit protection, but who pays for that? Oh, yes, that would be us, the taxpayers. It would be bad enough if this was an isolated example of governmental ineptitude, but it isn't. In August, it was revealed that South Carolina, after almost 25 years, has still not developed a program meeting federal standards for tracking child support payments and has been repeatedly fined. That one is expected to cost the taxpayers $116 million. The Department of Motor Vehicles has just gotten around to letting people schedule appointments for driving examinations, rather than showing up and waiting in line. The state pension fund is in a deep hole, due partially to lack of oversight, and the Transportation Department doesn't have enough money to fix the roads properly.
I have lived previously in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and New York. I can unequivocally state that South Carolina has the most inept government I have ever encountered.
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