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 but 21 states already have minimum wages above the federal rate and six more states have pending legislation to raise theirs. Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage? That’s the topic of the March edition of LPB’s award-winning public affairs program Louisiana Public Square
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. Would such a move help the state’s working poor or ultimately hurt them through increased unemployment?
Up to 20 average citizens will have a chance to give their opinion on the subject and question a panel of expert that will include Representative Herbert Dixon of Alexandria, David Gray of the Louisiana Budget Project, Economist Robert Hebert of RFH Consulting and Jim Patterson of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
Louisiana Public Square
is simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and airs on Thursday, March 27 at 7PM on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge.
For more information, visit the LPB webpage at lpb.org/publicsquare or call 1-800-272-8161, ext. 4218.
Published: March 17, 2014
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