Capitol Views: Senate Committee Approves Minimum Wage, Equal Pay Bills
By Gordon Briton | Baton Rouge Business Report April 1, 2016
With a vote Gov. John Bel Edwards considers to be a good start for
two bills crucial to his legislative agenda
, a Louisiana Senate committee today approved legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage and enforce pay equality across gender gaps.
"This light increase directly helps the problem of childhood poverty," Edwards said of the proposal to the state's minimum wage. "Most of the minimum wage workers in Louisiana are women, and when you help mothers, you help children."
The minimum wage bill, authored by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, would set Louisiana's minimum wage at $8 per hour starting in 2017 and then increase it again to $8.50 per hour in 2018.