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Nikki Haley

State auditors: SC farmers market should charge more fees

The South Carolina State Farmers Market has not been able to support itself without taxpayer money and the Department of Agriculture should tighten oversight and find new ways to support the site, state auditors said Thursday. The Legislative Audit Council said in a report that lawmakers first gave the Department of Agriculture $300,000 in 2013 to cover a deficit and help run the market that opened in Lexington County in 2010. That amount has stayed in the budget yearly since. The Council said the report was conducted at the request of General Assembly members. The market is a public-private partnership between the Department of Agriculture and private businesses. It had moved to the...

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