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South Carolina Democrats Stand With Workers in Pursuit of a $15 Minimum Wage
Columbia, SC — South Carolina Democrats continue to support legislation increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour as South Carolinians continue to be economically impacted by COVID-19.
Senator Tim Scott has gone so far as to co-sponsor an amendment to the budget preventing the federal minimum wage increase during the pandemic, as he believes paying South Carolina workers a living wage will “destroy jobs and crush small businesses already on life support.”
In a recent interview with Fox News, Senator Scott insists the plan proposed by the Biden Administration will eliminate jobs, while acknowledging the majority of low income wage earners are forced to work more than one job to make ends meet.
32% of South Carolina workers would be positively impacted by enacting a truly liveable wage, lifting countless communities out of poverty. Polling also shows Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly support the increase, as the current minimum wage of $7.25 has not been raised in over a decade.
“In South Carolina, where low paying manufacturing jobs are prevalent, Democrats again call on Senators Scott and Graham to work with Senate Democrats to invest by giving South Carolinians a $15 an hour minimum wage in order to survive.” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr., “People are losing jobs, getting evicted from and losing their homes. What will it take for our Senators to help the people struggling in South Carolina?”