BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – A bill that hopes to raise the minimum wage in Louisiana cleared its first hurdle Tuesday.
The Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations just barely passed the bill. The vote was 4-3. It next heads to the full Senate for a vote.
Louisiana has a minimum wage of $7.25, which is federally mandated.
The bill would increase the minimum wage to $8 in 2017 and $8.50 in 2018.
Gov. John Bel Edwards testified before the committee earlier in the morning about equal pay and raising the minimum wage in Louisiana.
“This, for me, is really about family,” Edwards said about raising the minimum wage.