COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - In 2017, state agencies spent more taxpayer dollars on travel, according to Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom. In fiscal year 2016-2017, there was a $4.6 million increase in travel from the year before.
That brings the total amount spent on things like hotels, meals, mileage, and airfare, to $85.7 million.
Clemson and the University of South Carolina are the top two spenders, according to the newly released travel report. Eckstrom's office lists Clemson and USC as spending $14,808,002 and $12,602,282, respectively.
The travel report lists the top 25 travelers by agency, which includes Clemson Football coach Dabo Swinney as the fourth greatest travel spender at the university, at $77,317. USC football coach Will Muschamp is not listed among the school's top 25 spenders on travel.
A check of these records show athletics coaches are among the highest spenders in nearly every university listed.
The University of South Carolina issues a response, saying:
Clemson University responded to our request for comment, saying:
The entire travel report is published for any taxpayer to review on the comptroller's site.