Rep. Randy Hunt Fact Checks Senator Warren on Minimum Wage

"An outlandish claim about the minimum wage"
State Rep. Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich)

Below is from a Facebook post today by State Rep. Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) and reproduced with his permission.  Rep. Hunt is a Massachusetts Certified Public Accountant.

"I encourage everyone to listen to Senator Warren’s entire 26-minute speech from August 3, 2018 at the Netroots Nation convention in New Orleans. She makes a number of excellent points but casts doubt on her sincerity by tossing in an outlandish claim about the minimum wage.…/netroots_nation_2018_vi…

At about 6 minutes 57 seconds into Warren’s speech she says: “When I was a little girl, the minimum wage was enough to cover the basics for a family of three. Today, a full-time, minimum wage job doesn’t pay the rent on a median two-bedroom apartment in any state in America.”

Born in 1949, Warren turned 11 in 1960, at which time the minimum wage was $1.00/hour. That inflates to a little over $8/hour in 2018 terms.

A full-time job is considered 2,080 hours per year (52 weeks at 40 hours/week). In 1960, that would have been $2,080/year, 3.2 times less than the average family income of $6,691.

The current national minimum wage of $7.25/hour equates to $15,080, or 3.9 times less than the average family income of $59,039 (2016 data).

In Massachusetts, $11/hour equates to $22,880, or 3.0 times less than the average family income of $75,297 (2016 data), slightly ahead of the ratio in 1960.

In any case, the claim that the minimum wage was enough to support a family of three in 1960 or today or when the minimum wage was introduced at 25 cents per hour in 1938 is simply inaccurate." welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on