Bill forbids setting minimum wage above ND state level

March 18, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Legislature has passed a bill that forbids communities from enacting a minimum wage ordinance that’s above the state level.

The Senate passed the House bill 35-11 on Monday.

Backers of the legislation say setting higher minimum wages in some communities could hurt jobs and businesses. Opponents say the state shouldn’t be overstepping its authority.

North Dakota’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. That’s the same as the federal minimum.

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