LA lawmakers push for hike in state minimum wage
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Some State Senators have filed a bill for the upcoming session that would push Louisiana's minimum wage up to $10 an hour in 2015.
That's a $2.75 increase over the current rate of $7.25.
Governor Jindal has been outspoken about his opposition to raising the minimum wage, saying it would force small businesses to fire some workers.
But that's not stopping some state lawmakers from trying to pass the bill.
Supporters say it's just what Louisiana needs to get people out of poverty.
Several state representatives agree with that thinking. They're behind another push to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour.
Louisiana is one of few states that does not have an established minimum wage. The state bases the pay on the federal standard.
Lawmakers in favor want wages to increase annually starting July 1, of next year.
Some people we spoke with say it's about time.
"I think its a good idea because its 2014, and the wages are 7.25, but the prices for everything are so high because of inflation and supply and demand. You really cant go anywhere or afford anything," said Samuel Pittman, a local citizen who supports the wage increase.
Louisiana lawmakers will discuss the issue during the legislative session which begins March 10.
Federal leaders in congress are trying to take up the debate much sooner. House Democrats are currently trying to get a vote on raising the federal minimum wage.