03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

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Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?
Louisiana is the third poorest state in the country behind Mississippi and New Mexico. It’s also one of five states that haven’t established their own minimum wage laws. The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 an hour. Twenty-one states already have minimum wages above the federal rate and six more states have pending legislation to raise theirs. At least four Louisiana lawmakers will be pushing to enact a state minimum wage this session, with one bill setting the rate at $10.10 per hour. So, should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage? And would such a move help the state’s working poor or ultimately hurt them through increased unemployment? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Louisiana & the Minimum Wage” airing Wednesday, March 26th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Record date, Tuesday, March 25th.)
1. Louisiana does not have its own minimum wage law, therefore businesses in Louisiana must pay no lower than the federal minimum wage.

Do you support or oppose Louisiana having its own statewide minimum wage law?
2. Do you support or oppose raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour?
3. According to the Congressional Budget Office increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour would cause the economy to lose roughly 500,000 jobs. Based on this additional information do you support or oppose raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hours?
4. I'm going to read you two statements. Please tell me which you agree with the most. You can only choose one.
5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "For the most part, increases in the minimum wage causes businesses to reduce hiring"
6. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "In general raising the minimum wage causes an increase in prices of goods"
7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "In general raising the minimum wage causes an increase in inflation."
8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "In general raising the minimum wage results in lay-offs of low wage workers"
9. In your opinion, what is the ideal minimum hourly wage you'd like to see in Louisiana?
10. How familiar are you with the Earned Income Tax Credit Program provided by the federal government?
11. As you may be aware the Earned Income Tax Credit Program - provides tax incentives for individuals and families who work for relatively low wages. When a low wage worker files their taxes their tax return is for MORE than what they paid in taxes. Meaning they get out more than they put in. In theory, this encourages people to work rather than relying on social assistance programs such as welfare and disability.

Based on this information -If you could only choose ONE - which would you prefer?
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