OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – State Senator George Young (D-OKC) has filed legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.50 an hour.
Senate Bill 1165 would require employers to pay a minimum of $10.50 per hour, or match the federal minimum wage, whichever is higher.
“I never made enough money to buy a new car, but it’d be good if the minimum wage was raised and stuff,” he said. “If a person had the opportunity to have some money, they would do more things, there would probably be less crime and stuff. Why would I want to commit a crime when I could make a whole lot of money?”
Thirty-one states already have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum of $7.25.
“Raising the minimum wage tends to be an economic inhibitor,” Dave Bond, VP for advocacy at the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs, said. “Businesses tend to respond either by letting people go, they respond by outsourcing stuff, they respond by automation, they respond by doing things other than employing more people.”