While advocates push for increasing the minimum wage around the country, one governor just made sure it won't happen in her state.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill banning cities in the state from creating mandatory minimum wage and benefits, including sick leave, Huffington Post reports.
Fallin and supporters of the measure say it will help keep business in the state. But opponents say it was to block an effort in Oklahoma city to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.
The governor explains her decision here:
Mandating an increase in the minimum wage would require businesses to fire many of those part-time workers. It would create a hardship for small business owners, stifle job creation and increase costs for consumers. And it would do all of these things without even addressing the goal of reducing poverty.
Raising Minimum Wage Reduces PovertyRaising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would boost earnings by $31 billion for 33 million low-wage workers and lift an estimated 900,000 people out of poverty, according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The minimum wage has not been enough to keep many out of poverty: