ND House Votes Down Minimum Wage Increase

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Rep. Steve Zaiser introduced HB1414 which would have mandated annual increases in North Dakota’s minimum wage indexed to inflation as calculated by North Dakota State University. It was debated on the floor of the House today and voted down by a 24 – 70 vote.

Here’s video of the floor debate.

Zaiser and fellow Democrat Rep. Bill Amerman both spoke in favor of the bill, citing the need to help the needy. “There’s always a segment of the population that needs their government,” said Rep. Amerman. “They need us to bump them up a little bit.”

But Rep. Rick Becker, who carried the bill out of committee, made the key argument noting that the minimum wage inflates labor costs which, in turn, makes entry-level jobs more scarce. If you’re a young or low-skill worker it’s harder to get a job when the government keeps inflating the minimum amount businesses can pay you.

Far from helping young and low-skill workers, it hurts them by making fewer jobs available.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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