Debate on minimum wage

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Legislators are looking at a bill to ban cities and counties from setting a minimum wage above the state's level.

The state's minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

There's nothing in the bill preventing businesses from paying above that number, which supporters say lets the free market work.

People against the bill say this and similar bills continue encroaching on local control.

"Let the market decide what they're worth and that's truly what we believe needs to happen and that's why we support a bill like this because no one knows their business better than a business person," said Mike Rud, ND Retail Association president.

"We don't like when the federal government interfers with the state level of stuff and in all honesty I think the same argument should apply that the state level should actually stay in their lane and leave the cities and counties to their own decisions for this," said Waylon Hedegaard, ND AFL-CIO president.

Only Georgia and Wyoming have lower minimum wages. Other state's like Virginia and Idaho have the same as North Dakota.