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One size fits all

Renee Amar with the La. Association of Business and Industry explains the objections of small business owners to raising the Minimum Wage.

Minimum Wage workers

Renee Amar with the La. Association of Business and Industry gives the profile of Louisiana’s Minimum Wage worker.

Equal Pay Law

Renee Amar with the La. Association of Business and Industry cites the protections that workers have for pay discrimination based on gender.

Little less profit

Jan Moller, head of the Louisiana Budget Project explains how a boost to the Minimum Wage could be paid for.

Actual Minimum Wage

Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller describes what the Minimum Wage’s current value should be.

Pay Transparency

Jan Moller, Director of the Louisiana Budget Project touches on one method to address gender pay inequality.

Living off welfare

Single working mother Grace Bailey addresses some misconceptions about living on welfare

Dollar above poverty level

Grace Bailey, a single working mother, explains one of the challenges of the working poor.

Poverty and health

Single working mother Grace Bailey describes how living in poverty can physiologically affect your mental health.

February 2019 - Beyond the Minimum Wage

Louisiana has the second highest poverty rate in the country. This year Governor John Bel Edwards will attempt once again to raise the minimum wage for Louisiana workers. His goal is $8.50 an hour phased in over two years.

But is raising the minimum wage the answer to helping Louisiana residents get out of poverty? Or does the solution involve something more? Large numbers of high wage jobs go unfilled because employers can’t find qualified applicants. Nearly 55% of Louisiana adults lack a college degree or postsecondary credential. What is the state doing to train and further educate its citizens to obtain the skills to get a well-paying job? What programs are working and what challenges remain? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Beyond the Minimum Wage” Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Our panelists are:

  • Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans
  • Sec. Ava Dejoie, Louisiana Workforce Commission
  • Dawn Starns, National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Dr. Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community & Technical College System

The program features interviews with Renee Amar, with Louisiana Association of Business and Industry; Grace Bailey, a Lafayette working mother; Barry Erwin with the Council for A Better Louisiana; and Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, host.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.