Joe Dorman on Jobs
Minimum wage affects older workers, not just young singles
Criticism is mounting regarding Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities and towns from increasing the minimum wage to an amount higher than that of the state. The state has adopted the federal rate of $7.25. Fallin signed Senate
Bill 1023 that prevents the increase. Fallin issued a statement saying, "Obama and his Oklahoma surrogates are ignoring the fact that most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part time or entry level jobs."
Mandating an increase would result in lost jobs, she said.
Her Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Rep. Joe Dorman, said the demographics of those earning minimum wage are very different than "Fallin's fantasy world."
"Most are older working
people working low-paying or multiple jobs just to get by," he said. Oklahoma has the nation's third-highest rate of people working at or below the minimum wage, Dorman's campaign said. Almost a quarter of Oklahoma jobs pay a low wage, the campaign said.
Source: Tulsa World on 2014 Oklahoma gubernatorial race
, Apr 18, 2014
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