Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill Monday prohibiting cities across the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage and employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days.
Advocates of the new law contend that efforts to increase the minimum wage across various municipalities could potentially harm local business communities.
"This bill provides a level playing field for all municipalities in Oklahoma," state Rep. Randy Grau (R), a backer of the bill’s House version, said on Monday, according to the Associated Press. “An artificial raise in the minimum wage could derail local economies in a matter of months. This is a fair measure for consumers, workers and small business owners.”
Opponents of the measure view the move by Oklahoma Republicans as retaliation against an initiative underway in Oklahoma City, where organizers have been gathering signatures to raise the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, in line with President Barack Obama’s federal minimum wage proposal.
What absolute bullshit. This is a preemptive strike against working Americans to make sure that they can’t advocate a higher minimum wage for themselves.
I’m just hoping that this will open more people’s eyes as to just who republicans in their state are working for, but it’s a very small hope, considering how much misinformation and straight out brainwashing there is out there concerning the minimum wage.
So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?
ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading
Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.
for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:
this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit
Or maybe everyone should take one minute to read the numbers and not freak out on the Florida Department of Justice for a design decision made by Reuters.
See, the argument “well if you really look, the data is totally there” doesn’t change the fact that this graph was intentionally presented with an inverted y-axis so that, at first glance, it appears that the introduction of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law cut back on murders committed using firearms (which was the purpose given for the law, and laws similar to it in other states) is about as sound as trying to justify lying to someone by omitting or misrepresenting facts, i.e. the classic bit of dialogue, “Why didn’t you tell me ______?” “Well, you didn’t ask!”
The purpose of a graph is to organize data in such a way that patterns and phenomena among them can be easily observed at a glance. Any researcher worth their salt knows that a good graph is one that can be easily read and made sense of quickly. Human brains are wired to spot patterns and make quick judgments, and, if designed with good intentions, graphs use that habit for our benefit.
Of course, anybody who views Fox News with any regularity knows how easy it is to exploit that trait as well.
So take this graph, for example. The y-axis has been inverted in the original image, which goes against what we would assume based on past experience interpreting bar graphs, line graphs… any graph, really. Starting with zero at the bottom and higher numbers on the top is the most intuitive way for us to read a graph. Most people don’t examine the y-axis right away; they just look at the image and immediately try to make sense of it. The person who designed this graph knew this, and took advantage of that fact to mislead those who read this graph, giving the first impression that Stand Your Ground has justified itself by reducing the number of homicides in Florida, when, in actuality, they have increased.
Stand Your Ground laws are just one more piece in the institutionally facilitated murder of Black and brown people in the US, and the Florida Department of Justice knowingly commissioned Reuters to present facts in such a way as to garner continued support for the law.