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March 31, 2005

Georgia's War on Living Wages

When conservative Christians supported the Republican takeover of their state, many of those working class voters might not have realized that they were supporting one of the most anti-worker governments in the country.

A number of state governments have prohibited local governments from imposing minimum wage requirements on private employers, but Georgia has become the only state to prohibit local governments from even considering the wages paid by government contractors in awarding them government money. The bill was passed in response to an Atlanta ordinance that would give preference in awarding contracts to companies paying higher wages.

To repeat what should be obvious at this point: conservatives don't care about "home rule" or empowering government "closest to the people." When local or state governments are pro-worker or pro-consumer, those same conservatives will immediately jump to legislation to preempt local voter power.

Posted by Nathan at March 31, 2005 09:04 AM