February 7, 2017
Today, Senator Kimpson filed major pieces of legislation designed to help working families and the middle class in South Carolina. “I’m a supporter of incentives to lure new companies and keep businesses in South Carolina, but it’s also about time we level the playing field for working families and the middle class so South Carolinians can earn enough to care for and support their families, afford a home, have access to quality, affordable health care, and be able to retire securely,” said Kimpson.
The most recent and complete data from the 2014 Census Bureau reveals:
- South Carolina had the 11th highest percentage of people living in poverty at 18 percent in 2014. That figure was above the national average of 15.5 percent.
- For 2014, the poverty situation was worse for the state’s children. That year, South Carolina ranked fifth in the nation for the percentage of children under 18 living in poverty.
- On average, over the five-year period from 2010 to 2014, the percentage of working age people – those 18 to 64 – living in poverty was 17.1 percent.
- On average, over the five-year period from 2010 to 2014, fewer than 16 percent of South Carolina households had a household income of less than $15,000. That number included any government benefits received.
“These statistics are alarming. We need to focus on providing South Carolina’s working families with economic security to grow our economy and create good jobs,” added Kimpson. Kimpson’s legislative items include the following: Read more ›
COLUMBIA — South Carolina shootings in which at least four people have been injured or killed have increased since the murders of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last summer, according to a review of records by The Greenville News.
The Charleston murders, which shocked the state and nation, were seen as unique because of the number of victims killed, the randomness of the act and what authorities said was the racist motive involved.
A flurry of gun-control legislation was pushed or filed after the murders and the state was praised for the way it addressed the shootings with prayers, talk of racial reconciliation, forgiveness by the victims’ families and the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. Read more ›
The New Jersey State Assembly is in the midst of a debate to raise that state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. That state is already one of 29 states plus the District of Columbia to have a higher minimum wage than the federally mandated rate of $7.25 per hour.
New York and California have recently enacted measures to set their minimum wages at $15 per hour within specific timeframes, while 11 states tie their minimum wage with the cost of living adjustments.
South Carolina, on the other hand, will not be one of those states anytime soon.
A bill introduced by state Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 and put the state’s wage on an index after Jan. 1, 2021. That bill failed in a Senate subcommittee, essentially killing the legislation for this year. Read more ›