Richland County lawmaker pushes for minimum wage increase - DatelineCarolina

Richland County lawmaker pushes for minimum wage increase

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Senator John Scott says raising the minimum wage will create jobs instead of cost them Senator John Scott says raising the minimum wage will create jobs instead of cost them

By: Tonni Murrell


Richland County Senator John Scott is proposing that South Carolina's minimum wage to be raised from the current $7.25 an hour to $8.25 an hour.

Right now the state has no minimum wage law of its own and follows the national rate.

Scott says that workers making the current minimum wage cannot meet their financial needs but increasing the wage by just a dollar will give a full-time minimum wage worker $2,000 more every year.

"Food has gone up,utilities has gone up; everything has gone up with the exception of wages. They have not kept step by step, scale to scale, with what the economy really asks a family to pay in order to participate and enjoy at least a decent lifestyle," said Scott.

People opposing the change believe an increase in the wage will cost jobs because business owners will not be able to pay all employees a higher wage. 

However, Scott says the increase will actually create more jobs and reduce the number of people on government aid.

"We are not going to lose jobs, we may end up growing jobs simply because people will have more money they can spend back into the marketplace. Raising it will also cut down on the amount of people depending on food stamps and other government programs," said Scott.

Scott's bill would require a public vote even if it is passed by the General Assembly because it would be a change to the state's constitution.

The bill is currently in the Senate judiciary committee but will not go to the Senate until later this year.

 

 

 

 

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