Who is the biggest supporter of continuing daylight saving time?
“Since 1915, the principal supporter of daylight saving in the United States has been the Chamber of Commerce on behalf of small business and retailers,” says Michael Downing, a lecturer at Tufts University who researched justifications for the practice for his book “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time.” The belief is giving employees more daylight hours means they’ll stop and shop after work. The golf, barbeque, fast food, tourist and home repair/improvements industries also benefit from daylight saving time, according to Downing and other sources.
United States federal law does not require any state to observe daylight saving time—Arizona and Hawaii don’t participate—so, if you really want to push for change, it’s state lawmakers you should petition.
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