Governor John Bel Edwards appeared before the Senate Labor committee Thursday, to testify on behalf of raising the minimum wage.
“It’s a modest but meaningful increase: $8.00 an hour, and then $8.50 an hour,” the governor stated.
He also spoke in support of the Equal Pay Act.
“Louisiana has the largest pay gap in the country, with women earning 65-cents on the dollar, compared to men,” Edwards explained.
Both bills are part of the governor’s legislative agenda, and the issues figured largely in his campaign last year.