Legal Plunder No More: Oklahoma Bans Minimum Wage Hikes

bastiatRepublican Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday banning minimum wage and employee benefit increases in Oklahoma cities.

The bill declares “state preemption authority,” stipulating that “no municipality or other political subdivision of this state shall establish a mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days, whether paid or unpaid, or a minimum wage rate which an employer would be required to pay or grant employees.”

The legislation passed amid efforts by a state attorney and labor union to collect 80,000 signatures on a petition calling for a $10.10 minimum wage instead of Oklahoma’s current level of $7.25.

The petition mirrors President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage.

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