South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, Factually Incorrect About Minimum Wage

Mayor Pete Buttigieg hopes private businesses will increase the minimum starting pay for their employees after seeing the city raise its minimum wage.

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“We’re in the middle of a three year process now that began with the budget we set up last year to elevate the city’s lowest wage to $10.10 so that every city employee is at least making that much,” Buttigieg told WSBT. “Why $10.10? Because when minimum wage was first set up in the 60s, in today’s dollars, that’s actually what it would be worth. So when you look at inflation, minimum wage has actually fallen.”

There’s just one problem. The Mayor is factually incorrect the minimum wage.

The minimum wage wasn’t established in the 60’s. It was established in the 30’s. The first minimum wage law was passed in 1933, but ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. It came back again in 1938 with the Fair Labor Standards Act … which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

If you adjusted for inflation the minimum wage from when it was actually established, it would only be $4.19 an hour. Not $10.10 an hour.


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