Tommy: Should Louisiana raise the minimum wage?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
May 18, 2017 - 4:24 pm

On Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate Labor Committee approved a bill by a 4-2 vote.  What would that bill do, you ask?  It would raise the minimum wage here in the Bayou State.  State Senator Troy Carter authored the bill, and I spoke to him about the legislation.

“It's been many years since we've had an increase.  What my minimum wage bill attempts to do is raise it the first year 75 cents, the second year 50 cents for a total of $1.25, which gets us to $8.50 an hour.”

We're currently at the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour.  

“$8.50 while raising a family, to care for your children, to house, clothe, and feed them, it's still woefully short.”

Sen. Carter gets at what many people say, and many who call into my show say, that the minimum wage should be a living wage.  Needless to say, that's a controversial statement to many.  Numerous listeners called in to voice their opinion that the jobs that pay the minimum wage are just a starting point, that you work harder and move up the ladder to earn more.  Sen. Carter did address this as well.

“It's the right thing to do.  It's unconscionable to think that in 2017 there are people out there struggling, trying to make a living off such a meager wages...A living wage will help us fix so many of our problems out there.”

I don't know.  I do feel for those families, but I also feel for the small business owners who fight to make their bottom line add up.  The minimum wage increase isn't much, but it adds up.  Plus, if people making the minimum wage get a raise, everybody else will demand one too.

Where do you stand?  Raise it?  Keep it like it is?  

You can check out my whole conversation with Sen. Carter below (we talk about some other interesting stuff, too).

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