Capitol Views: Senators rally around minimum wage increase

A state minimum wage of $8 would be established on Jan. 1 and then increased to $8.50 in 2019 under legislation that was passed to the Senate floor today.

Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, said his Senate Bill 153 would not only replace the federal minimum wage, but also send a supportive message to workers in Louisiana. “We feel your pain,” Carter said, relaying that message, “and we want to help.”

In the face of opposition from the business lobby and conservative lawmakers, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee voted 4-2 to advance the proposal. Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Shreveport, voiced concerns about Louisiana creating a minimum wage that outstrips the federal rate when neighboring states are choosing not to do so. That could create an unfair advantage for those states, he added. “Let Louisiana compete,” Peacock urged his colleagues…


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