House Bill Would Ban Local Minimum Wage Laws
Republicans are still opposing hiking the minimum wage, thus continuing their war on the poor. Stagnant wages for workers aren’t helping the economy but obstructing a minimum wage hike is already in motion.
[su_center_ad]Michigan Radio reports:
A new House bill would prevent local governments from setting their own minimum wage laws, putting other additional conditions on employers, or attaching community benefits agreements to development projects.
State Representative Earl Poleski, a Jackson Republican, is the bill’s sponsor. He says it aims to combat the “fragmentation” that results from letting municipalities set their own standards.
“Those different rules make it complex—and when I say complex, read ‘expensive’—to comply, and frankly impairs businesses abilities to expand and hire people,” Poleski says.
Poleski argues that a “consistent and predictable business environment” statewide should trump concerns about “local control.” But critics argue that cities should be able to set their own standards without state interference.
“House Bill 5977 sets up the state as a dictatorship telling local units of government that they cannot do what is best for their community, workers and residents when it comes to wages and benefits tied to economic development in that community,” said Detroit State Representative Rashida Tlaib.
The bill’s introduction came as a particular surprise to many in Detroit, where city leaders are debating an ordinance that would require developers to negotiate community benefits agreements for certain large-scale projects.
Included in the spending bill which lawmakers agreed on, is a reduction in benefits to current retirees at economically distressed multiemployer pension plans. Republicans expect to circumvent Tea Party opposition. In other words, the Tea Party would like a bill that is more painful than it already is, yet seniors are being targeted.
Measures are included in the bill to roll back environmental regulations.
When John Boehner first took the gavel in 2010, he said that jobs would be priority one. Opposing the Jobs Bill is not the definition of “creating jobs”.
The economy is healing and Republicans are going to cripple it. It’s almost funny that elected officials don’t mind hiking their own wages, but refuse to do so for those of a lower economical status. Almost funny.
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