Uncertainty for hiking the minimum wage in LA

David Blake
March 27, 2018 - 1:13 pm

A bill to raise the minimum wage will be up for a vote before the Louisiana Senate today. The legislation would boost the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2020, and has the support of Governor John Bel Edwards. But even if the senate approves it, the future is still very cloudy for the measure. 

University of Louisiana-Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley doesn't think the measure will make it to the governor's desk for final approval.

''There is no Republican support among it's leadership, I think you have partisanship,'' said Stockley.

It's not just the GOP opposition getting in the way of a victory for the Governor.

''The business community, led by the Association of Business and Industry, has put intense lobbying pressure on opposing the minimum wage, '' Stockley said.

Stockley says even some moderates might support raising the minimum wage, but that's not enough for a final victory.

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