Minimum Wage

Republican lawmakers in the Louisiana House have stalled a bid to give municipalities the authority to set their own minimum wage rates.

The proposal by Rep. Royce Duplessis, a New Orleans Democrat, aimed to work around repeated legislative defeats for boosting Louisiana's statewide minimum wage above the $7.25-per-hour federal level.

Duplessis sought to reverse a state law passed in 1997 that prohibited parishes and cities from setting local minimum wage rates.

A renewed effort to boost the minimum wage paid to Louisiana workers edged ahead Thursday in the Senate, with tougher hurdles to passage than prior wage hike bills that failed.

The proposal by New Orleans Sen. Troy Carter would set Louisiana's minimum wage at $9 per hour, up from the $7.25-per-hour federal level currently paid to workers in the state. The labor committee voted 5-1 to send the measure to the full Senate for debate.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board has approved a $15 minimum wage for its food service workers. Times-Picayune reports the Orleans Parish School Board voted last week to ensure a minimum wage of $15 per hour for food service workers for the 2019 fiscal year. The raise affects 66 workers serving 14 schools at 15 different campuses.

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Minimum wage increase, pay secrecy, and equal pay for women legislation all died on the Senate floor last night. The bills were a major part of Governor John Bel Edwards agenda. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell’s equal pay for women bill died 20-18. He says the best and brightest women in Louisiana are flocking to states that won’t pay them less for the same work a man does.


Morrell says, "California has the sixth highest economy in the world, and they have some of the most stringent equal pay legislation in the world." 


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The regular session begins today less than a week after the special session crashed and burned. Fiscal cliff negotiations will be put on hold while a slew of other issues take center stage. There are several gun control bills filed. But Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin doesn’t see any of the measures to restrict who can purchase an assault rifle passing.


Erwin says that despite the school shooting in Florida, it's "really hard to see legislation to limit guns" in Louisiana. He says that Louisiana is a "huge Second Amendment state." 


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New Orleans Democrat Senator Troy Carter has filed a bill to raise the state minimum hourly wage to $9.50 for businesses with more than 50 employees by August 2019. 18 states started the year with increased wages and an additional 19 states adopted higher wages in 2017. Carter says in light of WalMart’s recent announcement of employee bonuses and Target raising their minimum wage, it’s time for Louisiana to step up.


Carter’s push to raise the wage in prior sessions have failed and he’s urging lawmakers to ask themselves one simple question.


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  After pleas from Monroe city workers for the administration to reward them for their hard work, the city council has approved two items aimed at starting a conversation on an increase in the minimum wage for city employees.

The News-Star reports ( ) the two items are a resolution stating the city council supports an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour and the approval of a study that will compare pay scales and job descriptions of Monroe to similarly situated cities.