BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't raise its minimum wage.
The House labor committee rejected bills Thursday that would have set a state minimum wage that's higher than the hourly federal rate of $7.25.
Opponents said the proposals would hurt businesses and their employees by leading to layoffs. Supporters had argued a wage hike would ease poverty in a state that is among the poorest in the nation.
The committee voted 10-6 against a proposal by Alexandria Rep. Herbert Dixon to make $8.25 per hour the minimum wage by next year. Then, lawmakers voted 9-5 to reject New Orleans Rep. Jared Brossett's bill calling for a $10.10 per hour minimum wage for next year.
The issue had been championed by the Democratic Party.
House Bills 356 and 382 can be found at www.legis.la.gov