Oklahoma Bans Local Minimum Wage Hikes

By Leisha Beard

Published 04/16 2014 05:40PM

Updated 04/16 2014 07:53PM

OKLAHOMA--- Under a new law, cities in Oklahoma are no longer allowed to establish mandatory minimum wage hikes. Supporters of the law say this will help prevent various minimum wages in different parts of the state. Those who opposed the law say it will not be beneficial to cities like Oklahoma City. Officials there were trying to pass a requirement to establish a citywide wage that would surpass the federal minimum wage effort of $10.10 an hour. Oklahoma's Governor Mary Fallin says most minimum- wage workers are young, single people working part-time at entry level jobs and that mandating an increase in the minimum wage would require businesses to have to let employees go to keep up with the wage demands.

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