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Fast food workers and supporters gather to watch for the live-streamed wage board decision in New York, July 22, 2015. (Chang W. Lee/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

North Dakota Doesn’t Need a Patchwork of Minimum Wage Laws

North Dakota Doesn’t Need a Patchwork of Minimum Wage Laws

I don’t think we need minimum wage policy. It amounts to a tax on young and low skill labor. Far from helping those at the bottom of the career ladder, it increases the cost of employing them and giving them the job experience and training necessary to move up that ladder. That doesn’t help them.

Podcast: Senate Candidate Paul Schaffner Has Little to Say About Conviction for Soliciting a Prostitute

U.S. Senate candidate Paul Schaffner was on my radio show today. You may remember me writing about Schaffner announcing, and then withdrawing, a similar campaign late last month. In that post I noted Schaffner’s conviction last year for soliciting a prostitute. I asked him about it today, but he said he couldn’t talk about it

Dina Butcher, left, hands North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger a proposed petition for a ballot measure to add anti-corruption policies to the state constitution Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. John Hageman / Forum News Service

There May Be a Lot of Left Wing Initiated Measures on the Ballot This Election Cycle

Earlier today I wrote about a proposed ballot measure which would raise North Dakota’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. That’s a proposal near and dear to the hearts of North Dakota progressives, but it’s not the only initiated measure coming from the left which may be on ballots this election cycle. There are also:

Police prepare to arrest protesters calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour during a demonstration in Los Angeles, Nov. 29, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What if Raising the Minimum Wage Is Bad for People Who Make the Minimum Wage?

Our friends on the left take it as an article of faith that raising the minimum wage is good for low wage workers. In fact, they argue it’s a good thing for all workers. “A rising tide lifts all boats,” is a saying they’re fond of invoking in defense of minimum wage hikes. Earlier this

State Rep. Marvin Nelson speaks in favor of his bill to increase the minimum wage.

Video: Bill Sponsor Warns of “Serfdom and Slavery” as Minimum Wage Legislation Is Defeated

HB1263, introduced by Rep. Marvin Nelson, a Democrat from Rolla, would do two things: Raise North Dakota’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.25 per hour on January 1, 2018. Mandate automatic, annual increases in the wage at the rate of inflation. Not surprisingly, the legislation got a cool reception from North Dakota’s lawmakers.

State Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Rep. Nelson: Minimum Wage Hike Needed Because Business Aren’t Paying Workers Enough to Survive

State Rep. Marvin Nelson wants to increase North Dakota’s minimum wage because he’s “tired of paying other people’s wages” he told me today during an interview on my radio show. He’s introduced legislation to do just that, sponsoring HB1263 (PDF) which would raise the wage minimum to $9.25 per hour on January 1, 2018, and

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Stop Whining About “Waste of Time” Legislation

The beginning of North Dakota’s legislative session is like a holiday for those of us who make a living writing about politics and public policy, because in those weeks there are thousands of bills introduced proposing all manner of policy ideas ranging from the sensible to the zany. It gives us a lot to write