Twenty U.S. states are raising their minimum wage this year. Next year, Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes Louisiana joins the trend.
The current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour has been unchanged since 2009. Raising Louisiana’s pay floor above that level is a longstanding Edwards administration goal that the legislature has repeatedly blocked.
“I say it year after year, but every year, the case becomes even more compelling,” Edwards told the Press Club of Baton Rouge this week. “Seven dollars and a quarter per hour is not a meaningful living wage in 2019.”