Committee approves Louisiana minimum wage bill

Chris Miller
March 15, 2018 - 1:55 pm

The Senate Labor Committee today advanced a bill that would set an eight dollar-an-hour minimum wage in Louisiana. The committee passed the bill on a 4-3 vote.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards appeared before the committee and told members raising the minimum wage would help a lot of Louisiana families.

"I made a commitment to the people across Louisiana that I would fight for fairer pay," Edwards said. "I met single parents who are frustrated that an honest day's work wasn't enough to pay the bills."

The bill, if passed, would mandate the new minimum wage begin January 1, 2019. It also includes an increase to $8.50 an hour effective at the start of 2020. Federal minimum wage has been $7.25 hour since 2009.

Minimum wage bills haven't had much success in previous sessions.

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