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Beyond the Minimum Wage (2019)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-02-27

Duration: 00:58:06

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Poverty | MINIMUM WAGE | Working poor | Louisiana Community and Technical College System | Business


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Bailey, Grace Interviewee
  • Moller, Jan Interviewee
  • Amar, Renee Interviewee
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Mintz, Danny Speaker
  • Chavers, Josh Speaker
  • Williamson, Michael Speaker
  • Williams, Keesha Speaker
  • Zucker, Benjamin Speaker
  • Cooper, Nydia Speaker
  • Berthelot, Sarah Speaker
  • Lewis, Davante Speaker
  • Mitchell, Emanuel Speaker
  • Heitman, Spencer Speaker
  • Judson, Makesha Speaker
  • Agee, Andrea Speaker
  • Carter, Troy Panelist
  • Starns, Dawn Panelist
  • Dejoie, Ava Panelist
  • Sullivan, Monty Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 27, 2019, features Andre Moreau leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on ways to lift the state’s working poor out of poverty. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Grace Bailey, a working single mother; Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project; Renee Amar of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI); and Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). The audience members then discuss possible solutions for helping the working poor in Louisiana. A panel of experts then joins the audience members to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Troy Carter, the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations; Dawn Starns, the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business; Secretary Ava Dejoie of the Louisiana Workforce Commission; and Dr. Monty Sullivan, the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. They discuss: the value of apprenticeship programs; the cost of attending community colleges and technical colleges; the barriers to increasing the minimum wage in Louisiana; the need for more skilled workers in the state; the state’s business climate; and the importance of job training programs. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Andre Moreau