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Senator says he is shelving the minimum wage bill because of lack of support

Proposal would have raised it to $9 an hour, up from $7.25

May 22, 2019 - 6:27 am
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New Orleans Democratic Senator Troy Carter says he scrapped his bid to raise Louisiana's minimum wage because he says the votes just aren't there to get it through passage.  

Carter's proposal would have set the minimum wage for the state at 9 dollars an hour.  That would be up from the $7.25 per hour federal level. 

Governor John Bel Edwards backed the proposal that would have upped the pay for an estimated 200 thousand workers. 

Supporters say 29 other states have set a minimum wage higher than the federal rate, such as Arkansas, which passed an $11-per-hour minimum wage ballot initiative.

A minimum wage hike is popular among the public, however business groups opposed the minimum wage hike.  

Carter says he is shelving the bill because of lack of support. 

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