The Norman Transcript

April 16, 2014

State-mandated minimum wage draws ire across state

By Bailey Elise McBride
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Organizers seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma are upset with Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities in the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that the new law threatens an effort to raise Oklahoma City’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Slane wrote the initiative petition for Oklahoma City.

He said those collecting signatures will continue with hopes of getting the 6,200 names needed to get on a city-wide ballot. The group is also considering a host of other options, including challenging the constitutionality of the law.

Fallin said previously that she opposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour because she fears it will destroy jobs and harm small business owners.

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