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Minimum wage hike goes nowhere, rejected in Senate

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BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ push to raise Louisiana’s minimum wage crashed again in the Senate, leaving the state’s lowest-wage workers to be paid at the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-3 Wednesday against the proposal from Sen. Troy Carter, a New Orleans Democrat. The vote split along party lines, with Democrats supporting the wage hike and Republicans opposing it. It was the same panel where a similar bill stalled last year.

“We talk a lot about family values in Louisiana, but when the Legislature had the opportunity to actively value families, it failed,”

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