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- Still Poor - Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller says that a minimum wage increase can combat poverty.
- Value has eroded - Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, explains how the value of the minimum wage has eroded over time.
- Positive impact on Jobs - Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller says their research shows that a minimum wage will have a positive impact on the economy.
- Without Merit - State Rep. Marcus Hunter, D- Monroe, says that arguments that raising the minimum wage will prevent the new hires is illogical and without merit.
- Teenagers on the street - LSU Professor Emeritus of Economics, Loren Scott, Ph.D. says that toying with the minimum wage causes more teen unemployment.
- Demand Curve - Loren Scott, Ph.D., professor emeritus of economics at LSU, describes how the demand curve acts in opposition to a minimum wage increase.
- South vs USA - LSU Professor Emeritus of Economics, Loren Scott, Ph.D. explains how the South would be particularly hurt by an increase of the minimum wage.
- Three choices for small businesses - Dawn Starns, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses says a minimum wage increase puts smaller businesses in a quandary.
- Large vs Small Businesses - State director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Dawn Starns, describes how large and small businesses would absorb an increase differently.
- Ripple Effect - Patricia Felder, co-owner of Felder's Collision Parts says that increasing the minimum wage has a ripple effect on smaller businesses.
03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage
Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?
Louisiana is the third poorest state in the country behind Mississippi and New Mexico. It’s also one of five states that haven’t established their own minimum wage laws. The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 an hour. Twenty-one states already have minimum wages above the federal rate and six more states have pending legislation to raise theirs. At least four Louisiana lawmakers will be pushing to enact a state minimum wage this session, with one bill setting the rate at $10.10 per hour. So, should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage? And would such a move help the state’s working poor or ultimately hurt them through increased unemployment? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Louisiana & the Minimum Wage” airing Wednesday, March 26th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Record date, Tuesday, March 25th.)
Congress instituted the federal minimum wage as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 1938. However, states and local government entities, such as cities and counties, have the authority to set their own minimum wages above the federal level.
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Two out of 3 would vote today and pass a $10.10 cents Minimum Wage Bill suggested by President Barack H. Obama to change poverty. It is bull about one would get fired. People that live from pay check to pay check living in poverty Bills are greater than their take home gross after taxes instead of their pay checks greater than their Bills barely getting by while those greedy Minimum Wage raise blockers in Political Office are lining their pockets and their rich constituents plus Employers are getting richer off the Employees labor within ever skyrocketing prices for living also within a gridlocked USA Congress Political Arena headed by the first ever Black man, African American President who most White Politicians appear to despise because he’s colored so sadly to say. The raise of the Minimum Wage to tell the truth is good for the recovering Economy, Is about prime time in the New Millennium 21st Century and worthy to all the American recipients hard working tax payers the main engine of America and the world “ECONOMY!” Obama is right on this one.
Posted by Rev. Ezzard Bowman on 03/21 at 04:49 AM
This is very simple. Raise Minimum Wage so people can pay their bills and have enough money left to do things with their families. How can we save for our kids education when we barely have enough to maintain our household. I totally agree with Rev. Bowman. The employers are getting richer from the fruits of our labor but we are constantly fighting to survive. To all the people that are fighting the raise of Minimum wage, maybe you should try maintaining your lifestyle with the current pay rate.
Posted by Charlene on 03/26 at 07:59 PM
The cost of living has increased in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. The price to rent a one bedroom apartment has increased from $500.00 before Katrina to $800-900.00 after Katrina. Many residents have to rely on rental assistance through HUD housing programs to live as well as the SNAP program for food. Minimum wage increments should be increased annually until it reaches a national level across the nation.
Posted by Dorian Briggs on 03/26 at 08:12 PM
These jobs were created as part time jobs. They were never intended for full time, family supported jobs. There are many jobs that are part time, and you cannot put them in the same catagory as a full time job. Minimum wage are part time jobs.
Posted by Pete Doland on 03/26 at 10:02 PM
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What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)
Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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