Oklahoma Governor Signs Ban On Minimum Wage Increase
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill Monday prohibiting cities across the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage and employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days.
Advocates of the new law contend that efforts to increase the minimum wage across various municipalities could potentially harm local business communities.
"This bill provides a level playing field for all municipalities in Oklahoma," state Rep. Randy Grau (R), a backer of the bill’s House version, said on Monday, according to the Associated Press. “An artificial raise in the minimum wage could derail local economies in a matter of months. This is a fair measure for consumers, workers and small business owners.”
Opponents of the measure view the move by Oklahoma Republicans as retaliation against an initiative underway in Oklahoma City, where organizers have been gathering signatures to raise the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, in line with President Barack Obama’s federal minimum wage proposal.
What absolute bullshit. This is a preemptive strike against working Americans to make sure that they can’t advocate a higher minimum wage for themselves.
I’m just hoping that this will open more people’s eyes as to just who republicans in their state are working for, but it’s a very small hope, considering how much misinformation and straight out brainwashing there is out there concerning the minimum wage.