Long-shot effort renewed to raise Louisiana minimum wage

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL) – (4/26/19) The proposal by New Orleans Democratic Sen. Troy Carter would set Louisiana’s minimum wage at $9 per hour, up from the $7.25-per-hour federal level.

The Senate labor committee voted 5-1 Thursday to send the measure to the full Senate.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has repeatedly sought a minimum wage increase. Lawmakers have rejected the idea annually, even though polls show it is popular.

Carter’s proposing to let voters decide the wage hike’s fate, but that takes two-thirds backing from the House and Senate. His minimum wage proposal last year failed to win a simple majority of senators’ support.

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