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Oklahoma signs bill banning the increase of minimum wage

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin ® 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 ®, 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.

The petition, filed by the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation and attorney David Slane, would need to collect 80,000 signatures to reach a statewide vote.

Slain called the measure disappointing, criticizing the state legislature for stripping "the right of the people to decide minimum wage."

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and the rich get richer...

Though for small local businesses I cannot necessarily argue against a hike in minimum wage making it harder for them. That or costing someone a job.

In general if I'm a business owner and I'm paying what I can afford to pay, and now I have to pay employees more, my only option is to let one employee go so I can still afford to pay others the new required amount.

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