House Bill 337 — Allows local governments to increase minimum wage

House Bill 337 — Allows local governments to increase minimum wage

by
Parrish Miller
January 23, 2020
Parrish Miller
January 23, 2020

Bill description: HB 337 would repeal existing statutory language that prohibits political subdivisions of the state from setting a minimum wage higher than the state minimum wage.

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Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?

HB 337 would repeal the existing statutory language in Section 44-1502, Idaho Code, which prohibits political subdivisions of the state, such as counties and cities, from establishing minimum wages higher than the minimum wages set by state statute. This change would allow these political subdivisions to create increased barriers to entry into the market in the form of higher minimum wages.

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Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?

HB 337 would give local governments new powers to regulate activities in the free market. Specifically, it would allow them to ban voluntary contractual arrangements between employers and employees that involve wages that are lower than those  specified by local ordinance.

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