Louisiana Lawmakers to Discuss Minimum Wage Increase

BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) - As lawmakers settle in to the 2014 legislative session Monday one item on their plate will be a potential minimum wage increase.

The state of Louisiana does not have its own wage, but rather abides by the federal standard of $7.25 per hour.  Four bills up for discussion would bring that to around $10 per hour.

State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, wants to raise the minimum wage to $10 by July 1, 2015.  Read more HERE.

State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, wants to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 by July 1, 2015.  Read more HERE.

State representative Jared Brossett, D-New Orleans, wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by July, 2015.  Read more HERE.

State representative Herb Dixon, D-Alexandria, wants to increase the minimum wage over a span of two years ending at $9 per hour in 2016. Read more HERE.

What do you think? Should lawmakers raise the state’s minimum wage?  Please leave a comment below.