South Bend mayor proposes minimum wage bump for city workers

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg wants to raise the minimum wage for city employees to $10.10 per hour by 2018.

The South Bend Tribune reports Buttigieg pitched the plan this week to a city committee during a presentation on next year’s budget. In each of the next three years, the minimum wage would be increased by 95 cents per hour.

About 300 city employees would be affected by the change, most of them parks and recreation employees. Full-time employees at the proposed minimum wage would make about $21,000 per year, consistent with what’s considered a “living wage” for a single person in St. Joseph County.

South Bend currently adheres to the state and federal minimum wages of $7.25 per hour. The newspaper reports Indiana law bars municipalities from enacting minimum wage laws for non-city employees.

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