The purchasing power of a minimum wage income peaked way back in 1968, says Tony Thurmond — and he should know. Thurmond helped put himself through college by working the night shift flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s for minimum wage, something that wouldn’t work today.

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Thurmond, who is running for California State Assembly, District 15 (which includes Berkeley), argues that Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland should all raise the minimum wage and be the model for the rest of the state.

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