Senator Bryant to hold local “Firehouse Chats”

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Senator Kevin Bryant recently announced that he will host a series of “Firehouse Chats” to update the constituents and taxpayers of Anderson County on a number of issues facing South Carolina.

Senator Bryant will focus primarily on two issues: The South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission (RSIC) and the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) however other constituent questions and concerns will also be addressed, a spokesperson from the senator’s office said.

Sen. Bryant chairs a subcommittee that oversees the RSIC in both its operations and results. RSIC invests the contributions of state employees such as public school teachers, law enforcement, other state employees and most municipal and county employees along with the matching contributions of their employers.

He will review the recent changes to RSIC and some new proposals that will improve its performance and transparency. Sen. Bryant also is concerned with the OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) fund which is responsible for retirees’ healthcare benefits and currently carries a $10 billion unfunded liability. Senator Bryant will share his thoughts on reforms to make that fund sound for retirees.

Senator Bryant also chairs a subcommittee that conducts oversight on the policies and procedures of the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW). This agency has the responsibility of ensuring that South Carolina employers pay low and fairly assessed unemployment insurance taxes that fund unemployment benefits and also of connecting unemployed South Carolinians with employers that have good jobs open. SC DEW has undergone tremendous reform since 2009, and Senator Bryant has overseen its marked improvement from his position of subcommittee chairman.

The “Firehouse Chats” will be at the following fire stations: Centerville on Tuesday December 9th, Pendleton on Thursday December 11th, Powdersville on Tuesday December 16th, and Hopewell on Thursday December 18th. All firehouse chats will begin at 7pm.

For more information, please contact Sen. Bryant at kevin@kevinbryant.com