Supporters of raising minimum wage don't care if some see the effort as Quixotic
Chris Miller Reporting
How about a raise? If you're making the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, some Louisiana lawmakers would like to bump you up to as much as $10.10 an hour.
The problem is, it's likely an empty gesture. Governor Bobby Jindal says he won't support raising minimum wage. He says it's a job for Congress, not the Louisiana legislature.
House Labor Committee Chairman Herbert Dixon (D-Alexandria) says he's tired of hearing all the reasons why minimum wage can't be increased.
"These arguments are the same arguments that have been going through the past: it's going to hurt businesses, they're going to lay off individuals," Dixon said. "We hope to show when we have this minimum wage, none of those things are true. They sound good, but they're not true."
Dixon says despite the governor's veto implications, maybe they can overwhelm him with propositions.
"We think that we have so many minimum wage propositions that we're throwing that one can sneak out," said Dixon.
One bill would put it to a vote of the people as a constitutional amendment, but that would first need two-thirds of the legislature to approve it.