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Raise pay? Minimum wage hike advancing in Louisiana Senate

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BATON ROUGE - Senators seeking to boost Louisiana's minimum wage are making another push for the proposal this legislative session, an issue championed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The Senate Labor Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to advance the wage hike to the full Senate. The proposal made it that far last year before fizzling when it was diverted to a second Senate committee for review.

It's unclear whether new support has built for the effort.

If approved, Louisiana's minimum wage would grow to $8 per hour in 2018 and to $8.50 an hour a year later under the bill by New Orleans Sen. Troy Carter.

Supporters say it will help boost people out of poverty. Business groups oppose the proposal, saying it would raise costs and cause layoffs.


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