Posted: Feb 21, 2014 6:30 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Feb 21, 2014 6:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- A proposed law would add Louisiana to the 21 states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.
Louisiana currently follows the federal minimum wage rate. Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb pre-filed Senate Bill No. 46 for the upcoming session, which would change the state minimum wage to $10.00 an hour.
Justin Alford, part owner at Benny's Carwash, said he thinks it will be bad for their business.
"At some point the consumer is going to have to pay or you have to reduce your staff, reduce your costs, it's the only two options you have," he continued. "I think we would have to eliminate some people if it comes to that."
Some people we spoke to say, raising minimum wage is necessary.
"I think it's great, I think it would help a lot of families. People are struggling out there, it's hard times right now and I'm a single mother and working a job and $10 would help me out a lot," said Kelsey Richardson. "It's a long time coming, everything else has gone up, our living costs have gone up but our pay is not going up."