Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday which will prevent local Oklahoma cities from raising their minimum wage above the current state level of $7.25 an hour. It also prohibits cities from establishing their own mandatory paid sick day requirements.
State Representative Randy Grau, who sponsored the measure, told the AP that a individual city’s attempts to raise the minimum wage higher than other cities’ requirements would have disastrous effects.
“This bill provides a level playing field for all municipalities in Oklahoma. … 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.”
Those who opposed the bill argued that it specifically targeted Oklahoma City because of the city’s efforts to raise the minimum wage within the city to $10.10 an hour, which is above the current federal level. This is a number the Obama Administration has been promoting in recent months.
And if the bill was a reaction to Oklahoma City’s recent efforts, well then, good for Governor Fallin. Varying minimum wages across the state would result in chaos, and ultimately, job loss. Minimum wage requirements are a job killer, and they usually target the jobs held by young, single, part-time workers.
So, way to go, Oklahoma – which state is next?