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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott Actively Working Against South Carolina’s Underpaid Workers
As countless South Carolinians continue to be economically impacted by COVID-19, one year into the pandemic, South Carolina Democrats are calling out Senator Tim Scott for his refusal to support legislation increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Scott has gone as far as to co-sponsor an amendment to the budget, with Iowa’s Joni Ernst, that would prevent 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.
Polling 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, Scott is proving his commitment is to protect the bottom line of corporations, instead of investing in workers who need an increase in the minimum wage to survive.” says SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr., “People are losing jobs, getting evicted and losing homes. What does it take for Tim Scott to help the people struggling in South Carolina?”