SC Black Caucus: Eckstrom needs to apologize

SC Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom

SC Black Caucus: Eckstrom needs to apologize

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus says the state's top accountant needs to apologize to the students and alumni of South Carolina State University for offensive comments.

Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said Wednesday South Carolina State can't expect its students to bail out the university from debt. He said students are going there because they can't get into other schools. That prompted loud groans from the crowd.

He later explained he was referring to the financial realities facing many students.

The Budget and Control Board on which Eckstrom sits approved loaning the school $6 million to help pay overdue bills. The school had sought a $13.6 million direct payment.

The caucus says the state's only public historically black university has a rich heritage and attracts students from all economic levels.