As if to prove their indifference to giving hard-working constituents a fair living wage, Oklahoma's Republican-led legislature has banned all municipalities in the state from raising minimum wages within their own boundaries. From The Oklahoman:
Oklahoma’s cities and counties are banned from setting their own minimum wage standards under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
“Senate Bill 1023 protects our economy from bad public policy that would destroy Oklahoma jobs,” Fallin said in a prepared statement. “Mandating a minimum wage increase at the local level would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers...”
State Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, argued against the bill on the House floor, contending it was “immoral” to have a minimum wage so low that a person could work full time and still be classified as living in poverty.
Fallin, however, said that raising the minimum wage would hurt Oklahomans.