Lawmakers to Vote on Blocking Minimum Wage Hikes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are expected to vote soon on proposed legislation that would block cities from setting local minimum wages. The state is one of several to consider policies that limit local control over employee compensation.

Birmingham city leaders earlier this week voted to expedite the effective date of a planned minimum wage increase to March 1. Republican state Rep. David Faulkner of Mountain Brook filed a bill that would mandate uniform minimum wages in Alabama and void local wage ordinances.

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

Advocates for low-income workers say local governments are better suited to handle local wage regulations.

Proponents of the bill have said higher wages mean higher costs for employers and consumers, and reduced job opportunities for low-wage workers.

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