Wide support in Sioux Falls for increasing the Minimum wage

As you can see by these numbers, there is wide support to increase the minimum wage in Sioux Falls. Councilor Anderson said in the Argus today that he doesn’t think the council should get involved in the matter, but as you can see in his own district it had 64% support. This tells me that if the council proposed a $10 citywide increase in the minimum wage, the only real blowback the council would get is from the Chamber and the business community. You never know though, businesses that already pay over that amount may come out promoting the measure.

Voting Results for Initiated Measure 18 November 4, 2014 within the City of Sioux Falls

Minnehaha County alone

Yes – 61%

No – 39%

Lincoln County alone

Yes – 54%

No – 47%

City of Sioux Falls (Minnehaha & Lincoln County combined)

Yes – 60%

No – 40%

Northeast District, City of Sioux Falls (Councilor Kenny Anderson’s District)

Yes – 64%

No – 36%



#1 grudznick on 07.02.15 at 5:38 pm

A proposed $10 increase in the minimum wage? To $18.50? I might have to get a part time job in Sioux Falls, Mr. E!

#2 LJL on 07.02.15 at 7:53 pm

Why $10? What about $20? The city should mandate free healthcare for everyone as well!!!

Don’t want to work for less than $10 an hour? Finish high school, find a career and marry before children. Statistics say it’s a sure a way to stay out of poverty.


Just another stunt for Mr. Barth’s aspirations to be the mayor. But why Sioux Falls? San Francisco is the place you outta be.

#3 Titleist on 07.02.15 at 11:14 pm

Raise the wage.

#4 DKE on 07.03.15 at 8:59 am

Politicians who are afraid of having enemies don’t have any friends either.

#5 The Daily Spin on 07.03.15 at 9:52 am

This is a city where everyone’s employed. So why are there homeless and food lines? Everyone wants a job badly enough they’ll work practically free. Government must be involved to prevent servitude. A fair base wage is $10 but it should (realistically) be higher.

#6 Enough of shape places and mmm legacy on 07.03.15 at 11:01 pm

Titleist I agree.

#7 Bill on 07.04.15 at 10:35 am

Bootstraps are intended for the wearer to use…not the government.

#8 Poly43 on 07.05.15 at 9:59 am

Don’t want to work for less than $10 an hour? Finish high school, find a career and marry before children.

I was wondering who would bring this up. Finishing high school, finding a career, and marrying before children might be sound advice in Fargo or Omaha, but not so much here in SF. In Fargo the median household income is $71,221. In Omaha the median household income is $66,264. Here in SF it is $53,574. Why is SF median household income so low? Here’s why. Imagine the entirety of SF that is outside the interstate beltway system seceded from the city, and for illustrative purposes, calls itself Sanford Falls. Sioux Falls residents would then have a median household income of $40,590. The other Falls city, Sanford Falls, would then have a median household income of $66,558, nearly identical to the whole of the city of Omaha. Does Sioux Falls have a income inequality issue? I’d say YES. Is LJL’s advice the answer? Nah, not really. Those that follow those golden rules are only going to move to Sanford Falls, and Sioux Falls will fill in that vacuum by bringing in those desperate enough to work for under $10 an hour and job skip around til they figure out SF is not the place you wanna be. Meanwhile, those in Sanford Falls will tell the low life’s in Sioux Falls to pull themselves up by the bootstraps.

#9 LJL on 07.05.15 at 4:06 pm

Uh OH Are you pulling the facts out of your ass again?

Fargo: $51,961
Omaha: $55,382
Sioux Falls: $55,952 Well above state median income of 48K




Nice try to qualify a bunch of excuses Poly. BTW…Both of those cities have state income tax.

I have pointed out with statistics on this very website that SF proper has a higher drop out rate than it’s surrounding suburbs. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your class warfare twisted reality.

Bitch, whine, complain and have very little responsibility for your own future is no way to go through life. Keep teaching our kids that your mentality is an acceptable copout, you’ll be sure to see the have and have not gap widen.

Again I ask why $10 an hour? Why not $20?

#10 The Daily Spin on 07.06.15 at 10:17 am

Poly & LJL need the gavel. Come to order. $10 is a good benchmark. $20 will come soon enough with inflation. A divided city cannot stand. Planning one’s life has uncontrollables. Marriage is now a label and political designation. Lots of families are happily unmarried couples. Business changes fast. Planning a career can be a mistake. Seems the 3 cities cited are somewhat similar. Government has an important responsibility placating citizens. Setting a base pay helps. Otherwise, there’s a need to keep us free by preventing business leaders from financially controlling the general population.

#11 Poly43 on 07.06.15 at 12:08 pm

Not out of my ass at all lj. Those numbers came from the counsilman-hunsacker report the city paid big bucks too, to give us a demographics comparison to other cities in our region. All I’m saying is according to that report there is a huge income inequality in this town defined by where you live and the prevailing wages in this town, which are really low compared to other communities.
There are a hell of a lot of so called specialty jobs in this town that start off under $10 an hour. You think that’s fine. I do not.

#12 Poly43 on 07.06.15 at 9:26 pm

Half the kids in this town are getting free or reduced school lunches. Lj, do you really believe the parents of all these kids are all bitching, whining, complaining, and not accepting responsibility for their own futures? Do you really believe all you need is to educate yourself and these poverty level wages in Sioux Falls will magically turn into livable wages? Not a chance lj, and you know it. Educate everyone and those same miserable entry level wages are still going to be there. And all that means is if you educate yourself, you’ll be smart enough to know SF is not the place you wanna be.

Would you consider office and administrative assistants job offerings to belong in the same category as high school kids flipping burgers at Mickey D’s? Well, $9.81 is what these entry level office personnel start off at. Right now 10% of the 25,580 people in SF, nearly all women, are making just that. $9.81 an hour. Disgusting. And somehow getting an education is going to raise these poverty level wages? Yer just flat crazy if you believe that lj.

Source for my numbers in the previous post lj says I’m lying about.