Haley speaks out against bullying in Aiken

Gov. Nikki Haley promoted South Carolina’s new unemployment insurance law Friday in Graniteville before heading to Aiken’s Kennedy Middle School to speak out against bullying.

At the Bridgestone Americas Inc. plant in Graniteville on Friday morning, Haley held a ceremonial bill-signing of a measure that changed the way businesses are charged for their unemployment insurance.

Legislators had overhauled the state’s unemployment insurance system in 2010 to stop shortfalls that had forced the state to borrow nearly $1 billion to keep unemployment checks paid.

Employers complained the changes increased their premiums too much, however, and legislators made changes. Lawmakers also used unexpected state revenue increases to lower charges.

Employers can get refunds or apply overpayments to future bills.

In Aiken, Haley launched her anti-bullying campaign and video. She spoke earlier this week about being teased as a child because of her Indian background.

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