Senator Proposes Increase to State Minimum Wage

9:43 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A state senator has proposed an increase to South Carolina's minimum wage.

Richland County Senator John Scott says he has introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage by one dollar.

Right now, he says the state has no minimum wage rate of its own, and follows the national rate of $7.25 a hour. His bill would bump that to $8.25 in South Carolina and would adjust as the national rate changed.

Scott's bill would allow the South Carolina Department of Employment and workforce to adjust the minimum wage by the annual rate of inflation.

The measure would require a constitutional amendment, meaning if it clears the General Assembly, it would then be up to voters to decide.

Scott says the increase may not amount to much, but he calls it a start.

"We've watched petroleum go up, the utility bills have gone up, water bills have gone up, even social security has gone up. We've done absolutely nothing to try to make that adjustment to improve the lives of South Carolinians. It's time to do something," said Scott, a Democrat.

If approved, Scott says after taxes, the change would amount to about $1,500 hundred dollars for someone who works 37.5 hours a week.

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