Thursday, February 25, 2016

Birmingham City Council Thumbs Nose at State GOP, Votes to Raise Minimum Wage Immediately

Last August, the Birmingham, Alabama's city council voted to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $10.10 by 2017.

The Republican dominated state legislature hated that idea; so the party of small government decided to stick their small minds into Birmingham's business and proposed a law that would prevent any municipality within the state of Alabama from raising the minimum wage beyond the federally mandated rate of $7.25/hour.

Yesterday, before the state could act, Birmingham's city council cut the legislature off at the knees by voting to raise the minimum wage in their city to $10.10 effective immediately.

what eye thynk:  Why do Republicans insist on keeping people poor?  What gain is there in it for them?  If the people of Birmingham make more money, they will pay more in income taxes, putting more in state coffers.  Republicans love money, why don't they love this idea?

And as much as Republicans love cash, they hate any type of public assistance more.  By raising that $7.25 worker's pay rate to $10.10, the need for public assistance for that worker and his family may be eliminated. What's not to love here?

State Representative David Faulkner (R), who introduced the "Keep 'Em Poor" bill, defended it by saying that having different wages in different areas of the state would create issues.

On that he may be right.  It looks like Birmingham is about to have a housing shortage issue.

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