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No pay hike: Minimum wage increase fails in Louisiana Senate

3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Tuesday, March 27 2018 Mar 27, 2018 March 27, 2018 6:59 PM March 27, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana won't be joining 29 other states in paying a minimum wage higher than the federally-set rate.

The Senate on Tuesday refused to move from the $7.25-per-hour federal level to $8.50 over two years.

Seventeen senators voted for the bill by New Orleans Sen. Troy Carter, a Democrat. Twenty-one senators opposed it.

Carter said the increase was modest, aimed at helping people whose wages have stagnated as living costs escalated.

No one spoke against the proposal during debate, but the measure was opposed by business groups.

It was the third consecutive year of failure for a bill sought by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Senators also rejected a proposal pushed by Edwards that would have extended an equal pay law for state agencies to cover businesses that get state contracts.

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