North Dakota Democrat Marvin Nelson Wants to Raise State’s Minimum Wage

(This article originally appeared on The Minuteman Facebook page on January 12, 2017.)

Some politicians just cannot seem to resist the urge to use the hand of government to dictate to private businesses what they can and cannot do. A current example of this is embodied in North Dakota’s House Bill No. 1263, which has been submitted to committee by former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Marvin Nelson and proposes to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25/hr. to $9.25/hr.

While on the surface, this sounds benevolent and kind, we must not forget that not only is this not necessary, it is ill-advised. If we — as citizens — do not have the right to tell our neighbor how much he will pay us or others to work for him, then how can we rightfully empower the government to do such a thing? In a Constitutional government where we delegate powers to the government, we shouldn’t. Why? Because we cannot delegate a power which we do not have ourselves. Or at least we shouldn’t.

Most would never dream of supporting price fixing by the government. Suppose we thought the prices just weren’t right at the local grocery store. Would we implore the government to change those prices to something we deemed more “fair”? Most people would not demand such a thing. So, why would we support the same type of thing when it comes to wages?

Does the increase in wages not cause increased expenses for the employer, which they often pass on to the consumer? Thus resulting in higher prices for all of us.

Instead of raising the minimum wage, we should be eliminating it. No person or legislature should be telling private businesses what they will and will not pay to their employers. This is something the Free Market is more than qualified to resolve.

Hopefully the legislature will do the right thing and kill this bill.

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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.