Alabama Law Blocks Cities From Setting Their Own Minimum Wage
People in Birmingham, Alabama, who earn the minimum wage were set to get a significant increase, from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 this summer, and to $10.10 by next summer. That is, until the state stepped in.
The Alabama legislature this week fast-tracked a bill to prevent cities and towns from setting their own minimum wage, and Gov. Robert Bentley signed it into law yesterday.
Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Michael Regan, columnist for Bloomberg Gadfly, about why the state moved to block Birmingham from increasing the minimum wage.