The New Orleans City Council wants to set its own mandatory minimum wage for workers in the crescent city.
The council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution calling for the state to allow local governments to set their own minimum pay wage. A bill up for consideration this session would do just that, although it’s unlikely to pass the republican-controlled legislature.
Current state law bars local municipalities from setting their own minimum wage.
In his session-opening speech Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards said he wants to raise the current $7.25 minimum wage, to $9 dollars an hour.