Gov. Haley's staff gets $27,000 worth of raises - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports Tea Partynomics at their best. The Tea Party Queen of South Carolina Nikki Haley just let out a doozy. 1 week ago, she told SC's teachers, cops and firemen to fuck off after raising their insurance rates, DESPITE the state's elected body voting to fund the increase since they brought in enough revenue to do it, and that employees hadn't had raises in 5 years. Haley said no, that despite their not having cola raises in 5 years, they would indeed pay half their increased rate. Why, since the state had the money? "To send a message". Well, this week, Gov Haley gave her staff big raises. Yep. Rather than send that money back to the "taxpayers" and send a message, she dished it out to her 4 closest political friends....her staff. But dont worry....she once had 9 staffers, and 5 were "not replaced" and left vacant. Tea Partynomics: Get rid of half the staff, then dish out the cash to your remaining buddies. And they wonder why the moderates are fleeing the GOP.