Over 80 percent of Louisianans support raising the minimum wage to improve the lives of workers and strengthen our local economies.
But special interests have pushed laws that put profits first and workers last. As a result, hardworking Louisianans put in 40 hours a week and are still stuck living below the poverty line. They can't afford to take time off to care for newborns or sick loved ones.
Every working family in Louisiana should have a fair chance to make ends meet, but corporate special interests are blocking our power to earn a living wage.
Louisiana has the highest proportion of minimum wage workers in the country, but our minimum wage is stuck at $7.25 an hour—a wage no one can live on. Corporate lobbyists have pressured state legislators to keep the minimum wage at that level—and to not allow any city in Louisiana to raise its own minimum wage. We should be able to raise wages and do what's right for our own communities.
Our communities should be able to make decisions about what's best for our families. Tell state legislators that we want to decide what's good for our own communities. Keep corporate lobbyists out of the conversation.