Governor Edwards Encourages LA Congressional Delegation to Support Federal Minimum Wage Increase

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Governor Edwards Encourages LA Congressional Delegation to Support Federal Minimum Wage Increase

Published February 26, 2021

On February 25, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards wrote to Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation, encouraging its members to support a meaningful increase in the federal minimum wage as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan for COVID-19 relief, which may be voted on as early as this week in Congress.

“Families are the foundation of our communities. Investing in the success of Louisiana families means investing in our success as a state. It means investing in opportunities. It is unconscionable that one of our fellow citizens could work 40 hours a week for an entire year and make barely enough to be considered above the poverty line. This is not prosperity. This is not the American Dream. I challenge anyone opposed to raising the minimum wage to imagine trying to support a family on only $15,080 – it’s simply not possible,” Gov. Edwards wrote.

Follow this link to read the letter.