Workers in Alabama’s biggest city were days away from having their minimum wage lifted. And then state lawmakers swiftly crushed Birmingham’s increase—and any other city’s potential effort to do the same.

As local news ABC3340 reports,

Less than an hour after the Senate passed the bill, Gov. Robert Bentley signed it into law.

It not only retroactively blocks the Birmingham increase; it also prevents any of the state’s other cities from setting their own minimum wages.

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