BY SHARON MARTIN
A former mayor of Cushing used to hang out at the coffee shop downtown and complain about shiftless welfare recipients. When the owner of the coffee shop hired two young women from the wrong side of town, he complained about that, too.
My friend Judy, also a coffee drinker, confronted him.
“So, you don’t want them to have welfare, but you don’t want them to have a job?”
Welcome to the world of Republican mayors and Republican governors.
Gov. Mary Fallin bowed to politics and refused the Medicaid expansion that would have added 150,000 Oklahomans to the rolls of the insured. Never mind that our tax dollars would have paid for it. Never mind that our tax dollars will instead pay to insure the uninsured in another state.
Now, she wants to make sure that the working poor don’t have to worry about that danged old minimum wage, either.
As folks in Oklahoma City, and our president, work to advance the idea that a living wage should actually be a living wage, she signs a bill into law that says “cities in Oklahoma are prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.”
So, what if the residents of a city vote to raise the minimum wage? Hey, you thought the democratic process was still alive and well in Oklahoma?
Welcome to Maryville.
The working poor won’t get a raise, health insurance, or even sick leave. But if they get sick, they can still go to the emergency room after they work their shift.
Gov. Fallin looks after her constituents that way.
– Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer