State Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, argued against the bill on the House floor, contending it was “immoral” to have a minimum wage so low that a person could work full time and still be classified as living in poverty.
Fallin, however, said that raising the minimum wage would hurt Oklahomans.
She cited a February report by the Congressional Budget Office that indicated raising the minimum wage nationally could lead to a loss of a half-million jobs in the United States.
“Most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry-level jobs,” Fallin said.
“Many are high school or college students living with their parents in middle class families. 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.”
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Most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry-level jobs.”
Gov. Mary Fallin,