Alabama House delays bill to block cities from raising minimum wage

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The Alabama House of Representatives has delayed a vote on a bill that would prohibit cities from raising the minimum wage.

The proposal sparked heated debate Monday night on the House floor.

Mountain Brook Republican Rep. David Faulkner says the state shouldn’t have a patchwork of minimum wages. He says he believes raising the minimum wage would cause businesses to move, close or not hire.

The proposal sparked harsh criticism from Democrats.

Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa says local governments can make the determination if a wage increase is needed in their areas. England argued that no one can live, or raise a family, on the current minimum wage of $7.25-an-hour.

The bill was introduced after the Birmingham City Council voted to raise that city’s minimum wage to $10.10-per-hour.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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