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Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

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At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages.

The ALSO bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.

The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole.

Fallin said she signed the bill out of the worry that higher local minimum wages “would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.”

She also argued that “most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry level jobs” and that many are high school or college students living with their parents in middle-class families.”

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‘Happy Days’ was a fictional TV sitcom which ended in 1984 – THIRTY YEARS AGO!

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FACT: But that’s not what the typical American minimum wage worker looks like.

– Nearly 90 percent of workers who would be impacted by an increase in the wage are older than 20, while the average age is 35.

– More than a quarter have children to support.

More than half work full time, and 44 percent have at leas t some college education, while half a million minimum wage workers are college graduates.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/15/3426716/oklahoma-ban-minimum-wage-paid-sick-leave/

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