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April 17, 2014

State-mandated minimum wage draws ire across Oklahoma

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And Dave Ratcliff, secretary and treasurer for the CWA Local 6012, called Republicans’ stance “immoral,” adding, “How can they claim to be Christians but refuse to support the folks working two and three jobs so they can afford an apartment?” 

Slane pointed out that a person making $7.25 an hour and working 40 hours a week for a year would make $15,080 before taxes, which is below the poverty level for a single mother. 

Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond, carried the bill in the House and said last week when it passed that the measure creates “safeguards that protect small businesses and consumers.”

“An artificial raise in the minimum wage could derail local economies in a matter of months. This is a fair measure for consumers, workers and small business owners,” Grau said.

Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa and the Senate co-author, said last week that the bill provides a safer business environment that will allow Oklahoma to remain economically competitive and have continued job growth.

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