Report finds state agencies spent $47 million on travel in 2022 fiscal year

The South Carolina Office of the Comptroller General says 130 state agencies spent $47 million on travel in fiscal year 2022.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)— The South Carolina Office of the Comptroller General says 130 state agencies spent $47 million on travel in fiscal year 2022.

The results show a spending increase compared to the $16.2 million spent on travel in fiscal year 2021. The nearly tripled increase in spending was most likely due to Covid travel restrictions, says the report.

In a press release obtained by ABC Columbia News, the State’s Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom challenges agency directors to cut their travel spending at least 5%. This cut will save the state government more than $2.3 million this year, according to officials. “Agency directors need to closely monitor travel spending. They also need to bear in mind that some travel might be less necessary than other travel,” said Eckstrom.

The State’s four-year higher education institutions were responsible for $21.9 million of the state government’s total travel spending for the year. These travel expenditures increased in fiscal year 2022 compared to the $4.1 million spent by the schools in fiscal year 2021.

The 2022 Annual Travel Report is available on the Comptroller General’s Office website at: cg.sc.gov/financial-reports/travel-reports.

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