Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer just vowed to raise the minimum wage to $22 per hour if he gets elected. 

A Fox news article chronicled his announcement, originally made during a campaign block party on Sunday in South Carolina. 

The current minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour at a federal level, though many states have raised it to compete with higher costs of living. 

Steyer, a billionaire whose campaign is focused on tackling environmental issues, joins other candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as they advocate a $15 per hour minimum wage. 

Politico reports that Steyer has reportedly spent approximately $14 million in television and radio ads in South Carolina, and he sees the state as crucial to his campaign’s success as his fellow candidates focus on the New Hampshire primary.

Published on Feb 10, 2020