Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) delivered a sucker punch to low-wage workers today by signing into law a bill that would ban Oklahoma cities from raising their municipal minimum wages above the state minimum wage. The bill also prohibits cities from mandating paid vacation days or sick days. Oklahoma’s minimum wage is identical to the federal minimum wage of 7.25 an hour. An initiative is underway in Oklahoma City to raise the city’s minimum wage to a more reasonable 10.10 an hour, but Fallin’s signature could effectively kill that initiative.
The Republican Governor’s decision to sign the bill into law once again demonstrates the GOP’s contempt towards American workers.