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This time in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill to block cities from setting local minimum wages and to roll back Birmingham’s planned increase to $10.10 per hour.

Legislators approved the GOP-backed bill Tuesday night on a 71-31 vote after cutting off a filibuster by House Democrats. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.

Alabama has no state minimum wage and instead uses the federal minimum of $7.25.

Rep. David Faulkner, the bill’s sponsor, argued that the increase would hurt job creation and the state should have a uniform minimum wage.

House Democrats have said the federal minimum keeps working families in poverty and that lawmakers were overstepping their bounds.

The Birmingham City Council has voted to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 on March 1 and then to $10.10 in 2017.


Shouldn't big gov't stay out of local politics? Won't the free market decide if the wage increase is a good idea or not?

I just don't get it.


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This time in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill to block cities from setting local minimum wages and to roll back Birmingham’s planned increase to $10.10 per hour.

Legislators approved the GOP-backed bill Tuesday night on a 71-31 vote after cutting off a filibuster by House Democrats. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.

Alabama has no state minimum wage and instead uses the federal minimum of $7.25.

Rep. David Faulkner, the bill’s sponsor, argued that the increase would hurt job creation and the state should have a uniform minimum wage.

House Democrats have said the federal minimum keeps working families in poverty and that lawmakers were overstepping their bounds.

The Birmingham City Council has voted to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 on March 1 and then to $10.10 in 2017.


Shouldn't big gov't stay out of local politics? Won't the free market decide if the wage increase is a good idea or not?

I just don't get it.

If you see this and other such raises of the minimum wage as experiments, and you expect the result to be that raising it is good for the average person and average business; then I can see the GOP trying to stop such experiments.

The more such experiments the harder it is to argue that raising it is bad for business.

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I thought Republicans believed in small government, and the more local, the better the government.

Incidentally, Oklahoma's Republican-majority Legislature (and governor) did the same thing last year.
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This is also the state that voted overwhelmingly (60%) for Mitt Romney in 2012.
So they are clearly no strangers to voting against their own economic interests.
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