State law filed to raise minimum wage
BATON ROUGE- A state lawmaker will push legislation at the upcoming legislative session that would raise the state's minimum wage.
Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb (D-Baton Rouge) filed a bill to raise the lowest wages to $10.00 per hour. Currently, the minimum wage is set at $7.25.
"Economic stability and growth are among the most important factors affecting the general welfare of the people of this state," Dorsey-Colomb wrote in the bill. She said it is the legislature's responsibility to tackle low wages and help increase them.
If passed, the law would hike minimum wage beginning on January 1, 2015.
Student employees and employees of state colleges and universities would be exempt from the increase.
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