According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 3 out of 4 Americans support a higher minimum wage. Do none of those supporters live in Louisiana? Louisiana isn’t avoiding raising the minimum wage, Louisiana is refusing to set any minimum wage at all.
After this year’s midterm elections, voters in four states, Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, passed binding ballot measures that will raise their minimum wages… voters have soundly rejected the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour as insufficient for workers. Soon, 29 states and the District of Columbia will have minimum wages higher than the federal level.
Today a minimum wage earner has to work a day and a half just to pay for a full tank of gas.
“Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, who has been turning his employees over to the Government relief rolls in order to preserve his company’s undistributed reserves, tell you – using his stockholders’ money to pay the postage for his personal opinions — tell you that a wage of $11.00 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.” (1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt)
The staff of the Workplace Justice Project ask again: How is it that Louisiana continues on so strongly against this tide without any minimum wage?