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 ›