Gov. Matt Bevin Wins Grinch Award For Rolling Back Minimum Wage
December 23, 2015

If you want to get an idea of what a Republican would do if he won the White House, have a look at Kentucky governor Matt Bevin as a blueprint. He's a Kochhead with a pen, and he's not afraid to use it.

First order of business? Yank 140,000 possible voters off the polls.

Less than a month after taking office, Kentucky’s newly elected Republican Gov. Matt Bevin reversed a move by his Democratic predecessor that had restored the voting rights of about 140,000 former felons.

Those impacted, who are overwhelmingly African American and lower income, had already completed their felony sentences but remained permanently disenfranchised. The order excluded those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery or treason.

But that was just the icing on the cake.

In another executive order this week, Bevin reversed former Gov. Beshear’s move to raise the state’s minimum wage for government workers and contractors to $10.10 an hour, bringing it back down to $7.25 an hour. About 800 state workers who have already gotten raises will be able to keep them, but new hires will now have to start at the lower pay rate. In the order, Bevin hinted that he would prefer the state have no minimum wage at all: “Wage rates ideally would be established by the demands of the labor market instead of being set by the government,” he said.

Eliminating the minimum wage is a Koch dream from way back, and now Governor Bevin is on the road to fulfilling that.

For his mean-spirited peckishness at workers and poor people, Governor Matt Bevin wins today's Grinch award.

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