A bill that would have given cities and local government the authority to set and raise the minimum wage was denied by Republican lawmakers Thursday, May 16.
The bill would have also allowed local government to create paid leave requirements for businesses such as, vacations or sick days.
The current minimum wage in Louisiana is $7.25 an hour.
“We are not taking in consideration of workers, laborers [and] the working class people that wanted to have the ability to earn the living wage,” said Councilwoman Erika Green.
During the debate, Republicans argued that the bill would hurt Louisiana’s economy and not support local businesses.
A recent poll from the LSU Public Policy Research Lab showed 81% of Louisiana residents support a minimum wage of $8.50. According to reports, Governor John Bel Edwards is supporting the idea to alloow people to vote to install a state wide $9 an hour minimum wage.