FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2019
Contact: Kaleb Harmon
Louisiana Democratic Party on GOP Obstruction of Minimum Wage
BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Democratic Party released a statement surrounding GOP pushback on SB 155, a bill that provides for a constitutional amendment to establish a statewide minimum wage. If passed, SB 155 would allow the people of Louisiana to vote on a minimum wage increase for the state.
“This isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue – this is a Louisiana First issue,” Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “ Will our Republican legislators stand with an overwhelming majority – over 80% – of Louisianians who want an increase to our minimum wage – or will they deny voters the right to vote on this critical matter? Nowhere in Louisiana is it possible to live on $7.25 and raising that is a central issue to Louisiana’s future and we will make sure every voter knows exactly who voted against this!”
The Louisiana Democratic Party endorsed initiatives to raise Louisiana’s minimum wage back in March.
SB 155 creates a constitutional amendment that would allow the people of Louisiana to vote on a $9/hour minimum wage.
Louisiana is among the top 5 states for employees currently on or under the federal minimum wage.
In a recent poll by LSU, 81% of Louisiana’s population supports a minimum wage increase in Louisiana.