03/27/19 -- HCS HB 763 -- Exempts certain schools from the state minimum wage law

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 763
Bill Purpose: 
Exempts certain schools from the state minimum wage law
Date of Vote: 
My Vote: 

HCS HB 763, introduced Tim Remole (Republican - District 6) exempts private schools from the minimum wage increase that was passed in November of 2018.  Currently, public schools are specifically exempted from that increase, so this bill aimed to level the playing field accordingly with private schools.

I opposed the minimum wage increase last year, and stand opposed to minimum wage laws in general. Such laws interfere with the free market, and result in lower skilled workers being priced out of employment opportunities.  It is also both unfair and unjust for the government to tell someone that they are not allowed to voluntarily work for any specified wage.  The external value of someone's labor is determined by the market, and the personal value that they place on their own labor is determined by that individual.  When those numbers reach an equilibrium in a free market, someone gets hired.  But when the government sets an artificial floor on wages, this process doesn't work properly, and many people are left unemployed.

While this bill only effects a small part of the market, and only decreases the relevant minimum wage by a small amount, it is still a move in the right direction, so I voted "yes".