I’m not sure if I agree with the tactic or not, but I definitely agree with the principle. Oklahoma’s governor and legislature don’t want to see jobs destroyed by municipal governments.
Republican 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.
Supporters of the bill highlight the typically impermanent, entry-level nature of minimum wage jobs and noted that a wage hike would eliminate many of these jobs while harming businesses.
If any Oklahoma city governments were in danger of being stupid enough to raise minimum wage, then the governor and legislature have saved jobs in the area. I’m not sure what I think about the state overruling what has been regarded as the sovereign right of the local jurisdictions. It seems to do violence to the principle of local government. But I don’t believe any government ever has the right to regulate or limit freely negotiated prices. So I can’t be that upset that the state government stopped them from doing so.
I am quite impressed with Oklahoma’s stand on not only the minimum wage law but against mandatory paid vacation. With the delusions being promoted by Liberals that we should all be working fewer hours by government decree, it is good to see reason and common sense are prevailing in the heartland.