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.)

Backgrounder

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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Pro-Minimum Wage report - By Louisiana Budget Project

Anti-Minimum Wage report - By American Legislative Exchange Council

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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  03:49 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  06:59 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  07:12 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  09:02 PM
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