Post and Courier: Restaurant recovery voter guide: SC 6th Congressional District

By Hanna Raskin
Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), Oct 26, 2020

...Has [Rep. Jim] Clyburn ever worked in a restaurant? Yes
First-ever favorite restaurant: Clyburn Cafe, a family owned and operated restaurant on West Liberty Street in Sumter. ...

Do you support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour?

Yes, I believe this measure is critical. Last year, the House passed the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually increase the federal minimum wage, reaching $15 an hour in six years and indexed to inflation thereafter. Restaurant jobs, like all jobs, must pay a living wage so that all American workers can live with dignity.

I agree with the statement by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage that gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour is “good for business, good for customers and good for our economy.” These businesses correctly point out that workers are also customers; if all businesses are paying higher wages, all businesses benefit when these wages are spent.

For this and other reasons, an examination by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage of relevant studies found, “Extensive research refutes the claim that increasing the minimum wage causes increased unemployment and business closures.” ...

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