State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Jobs


Jaime Harrison: Current job protections the hard work of unions

Q: Support "right to work" laws, eliminating the ability of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Jaime Harrison: No. Supported the right of workers to organize a union at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. Current job protections "are the results of the hard work [of] unions."

Lindsey Graham: Yes. Co-sponsored the National Right-To-Work Act in 2015.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Tim Scott: Opportunity Zone jobs have seen up to 8% wage increase

The president deserves so much credit for focusing on the most vulnerable Americans in this nation. He's bringing $67 billion back into some of the most vulnerable communities in the country. I'm thankful that he supported my legislation, the Opportunity Zone bill, that is bringing those dollars back. The good news is, in those areas, we have seen as high as an 8% wage increase. We're celebrating over 3% wage growth in America. Can you imagine areas with an 8% wage growth?
Source: Fox News Sunday 2020 South Carolina Senate coverage Feb 9, 2020

Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Economic freedom includes federal minimum wage increase

In a phone chat with Free Times, she talked a bit about what led her to challenge for the seat held by [GOP Sen. Lindsey] Graham. "I really believe in democracy," Tinubu says. "I really believe in freedom for people, particularly economic freedom. It's why I went into economics. If you don't have economic freedom, there really isn't freedom. There are so many people struggling, without the ability to even make basic ends meet, because they are being paid wages that just don't cut it. We haven't been committed as a country to making sure everyone has a fair share of the wealth they helped to create."

Tinubu says she would work to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 per hour for a decade. She calls $7.25 an hour "absolutely unacceptable" and says she'd hike it to somewhere between $15 and $20 an hour.

Source: Post and Courier on 2020 South Carolina Senate race May 31, 2019

Henry McMaster: S.C.Workforce Partnership: shift from toolboxes to tablets

Workers who previously carried tool boxes now carry tablets. In South Carolina, our workforce must keep pace with our own success. We must invest in our workforce development institutions. Fortunately, we have the talent, vision & means to do just that.

The South Carolina Technical College System is the engine of our economic and workforce development. We should use this magnificent system to the fullest extent. To that end, I'm calling for the creation of the South Carolina Workforce Partnership.

This new initiative will connect businesses with high schools and technical colleges to collaborate on internships, dual credit and certificate programs for students interested in the skilled trades--focused on rural areas of our state. My budget also increases funding for Workforce Scholarships and Grants--so that more students can access the financial resources to obtain certificates and associate's degrees at our technical colleges.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 24, 2018

Thomas Dixon: Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour

Source: 2016 South Carolina Senate campaign website DixonForSC.com Aug 31, 2016

Donald Trump: Bring jobs back from China, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam

I'm going to bring jobs back from China, Mexico Japan, Vietnam. They are taking our jobs. They are taking our wealth. We have $2.5 trillion offshore. We're going to bring that money back. You take a look at what happened just this week, China bought the Chicago Stock Exchange. Nabisco and Ford, they're all moving out. We have an economy that last quarter didn't grow. We have to make our economy grow again.
Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Joyce Dickerson: Equal pay for women, and higher minimum wage

The three Democrats hope to win the Democratic primary and get the chance to face Sen. Tim Scott in the November general election.

"I believe everything is possible," Dickerson said. Dickerson is the only one of the three still holding elected office, now serving her third term as a member of the Richland County Council.

Dickerson said she wants to focus on the issues of domestic violence, including teen dating violence, as well as equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage and care of veterans.

Source: The Greenville News on 2014 South Carolina Senate race May 17, 2014

Lindsey Graham: Biggest business headache is worker's compensation system

Anybody who has ever run a business can testify to the mind-boggling costs of government regulations. [At my trucking company], we also had to hire accountants, consultants, and lawyers, just to keep compliant with 48 different state-regulators, the Federal government, all the while fending off the Teamsters union.

And then there are the taxes & fees. As a business-owner I paid income taxes, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, property taxes, Social Security taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax, excise taxes, fuel and mileage taxes in every state we so much as drove through, USDOT fees, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration fees, and on and on.

Our biggest single headache, however, was the maze of legal paperwork that is the worker's compensation system. On top of that, you can add the trial lawyer industry which is perpetually scouring the earth for clients to sue companies like mine. This means we had to carry substantial insurance coverage as well.

Source: Lee Bright OpEd on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jan 1, 2014

Lee Bright: It's just a myth that government can create jobs

The myth that the government can create jobs is just that, a myth. Economic success that produces jobs is solely a result of growth in the private sector. The government can, however, create an environment that promotes job creation by lowering the corporate tax rate & reducing the scope of government regulations that hamper business growth.

South Carolina is blessed with wonderful resources that support business growth and needs a government that recognizes this potential and governs accordingly

Source: 2012 South Carolina Senate campaign website, LeeBrightSC.com Nov 1, 2012

Mitt Romney: End crony capitalism to get Americans back to work

Q: List three or more specific programs that will put American people back to work?

ROMNEY: Let's go back and talk about, first, what you do to get the economy going. We've spoken about our tax code that's out of alignment with other nations. We've spoken about the fact that regulation is overwhelming us, that we need to become energy-secure. We have to open up markets, and we have to crack down on China when they cheat. But I'd like to talk about something else that President Obama has been doing. He's been practicing crony capitalism. And if you want to get America going again, you've got to stop the spread of crony capitalism. He gives General Motors to the UAW. He takes $500 million and sticks it into Solyndra. He stacks the labor stooges on the NLRB, so they can say no to Boeing and take care of their friends in the labor movement. This president is biggest impediment to job growth in this country, and we have to replace Barack Obama to get America working again.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Create transitional program for returning vets, like in WWII

PAUL: After WW II, we had 10 million came home. What did we do then? They cut the budget by 60%. They cut taxes by 30%. Everybody went back to work again and you didn't need any special programs.

GINGRICH: The US government did 2 dramatic things after World War II. They created a GI Bill which enabled literally millions of returning veterans to go to college. My father, who was in WWII, went to college on a GI Bill. So there was an enormous expansion of opportunity that enabled them to integrate into a new, emerging society. The second thing they did is, they dramatically cut taxes, and the economy took off and grew dramatically, and it absorbed the workforce. So I would say we ought to both have a transition process for veterans to enable them to have a real advantage in getting a job when they come home, and we ought to have a very aggressive economic program of regulatory cuts and tax cuts, so that virtually every veteran would have a very good job at the end of the transition period.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Rick Santorum: National right-to-work law yes; Pennsylvania law no

PAUL: There's obviously a problem with car companies here. We had to bail them out. But there are foreign companies that build cars in this country and they make a living out of this. I think the union problem vs. right-to-work states [is one reason we outsource jobs to China]. I've chided Sen. Santorum on this because he has voted against right-to-work. But we have to change these conditions to invite people back.

SANTORUM: I've already signed a pledge that I would sign a national right-to-work bill And when I was a senator from Pennsylvania, which is a state that is not a right-to-work state, the state made a decision not to be right to work. And I wasn't going to go to Washington and overturn that from the federal government and do that to the state.

PAUL: As president, are you going to represent South Carolina or Pennsylvania? That's really the question.

SANTORUM: I said I would support a national right-to-work law and sign it into law, and would support and advocate for one.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college

Rep. Ron Paul said, "After World War II, we had 10 million came home. But everybody went back to work again and you didn't need any special programs." Newt Gingrich cited the GI Bill, so we checked.

After WWII, the GI Bill let vets attend college on federal funds. According to the GI Bill website run by the Veterans Administration, "Thanks to the GI Bill, millions who would have flooded the job market instead opted for education. By the time the GI Bill ended in 1956, 7.8 million of 16 million WWII veterans had participated in an education or training program." That directly contradicts Rep. Paul's implication: while the overall budget was cut after WWII, federal spending on the GI Bill increased (there were numerous other GI programs too, such as 2.4 million home loan guarantees to veterans). It is simply untrue that "everybody went back to work": 49% of all WWII vets went to college on a federal subsidy, which also means it's simply untrue that we "didn't need any special programs."

Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on South Carolina 2012 GOP debate Jan 19, 2012

Ron Paul: National right-to-work law reduces outsourcing

PAUL: There's obviously a problem with car companies here. We had to bail them out. But there are foreign companies that build cars in this country and they make a living out of this. I think the union problem vs. right-to-work states [is one reason we outsource jobs to China]. I've chided Sen. Santorum on this because he has voted against right-to-work. But we have to change these conditions to invite people back.

SANTORUM: I've already signed a pledge that I would sign a national right-to-work bill And when I was a senator from Pennsylvania, which is a state that is not a right-to-work state, the state made a decision not to be right to work. And I wasn't going to go to Washington and overturn that from the federal government and do that to the state.

PAUL: As president, are you going to represent South Carolina or Pennsylvania? That's really the question.

SANTORUM: I said I would support a national right-to-work law and sign it into law, and would support and advocate for one.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Gary Johnson: Long unemployment benefits postpones dealing with problem

Q: The nation's unemployment rate is 8.8%. Among your proposals for getting the private sector to start hiring are eliminating corporate income tax, doing away with the Federal minimum wage law and to stop extending unemployment benefits, isn't that just a windfall for big business?

JOHNSON: Well absolutely not, I think that repealing or doing away with the corporate income tax is simply getting us back to where we were and we need to understand that the corporate income tax is a double tax. And with regard to unemployment benefits, I'm in the camp that believes that we as individuals, we need a bit of help, so government helps out but at the point at which it runs out, that's when we really deal with the problems that we have as individuals. That's when we deal with those problems. So does government actually perhaps make the problem worse, as opposed to better, by having a finite amount of time that you would receive unemployment benefits?

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina May 5, 2011

Steve Forbes: Farmers need policy reform

Q: Most farmers would rather get adequate pay at the marketplace instead of receiving government subsidies to tide them over. What will you do as president to help farmers get sufficient pay for their work?
Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

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