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Minimum Wage Debate, No. 2 (2014)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-04-11

Duration: 00:10:18

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2014 | MINIMUM WAGE | Small business | Poverty


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Porter, Pearl Speaker
  • Junior, Reginald Speaker
  • Harris, Stan Speaker
  • Zucker, Erika Interviewee
  • Starns, Dawn Interviewee


This segment from the April 11, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an in-depth report on the ongoing debate over raising the minimum wage at the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. It includes highlights from the testimony before the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee by Pearl Porter, Reginald Junior, and Stan Harris of the Louisiana Restaurant Association on State Representative Herbert Dixon’s bill increasing the minimum wage. It also includes Charlie Whinham’s on-set interview with Erika Zucker of the Workplace Justice Project at Loyola University and Dawn Starns of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). They discuss: the reasons for their position on increasing the minimum wage; the potential impact on small businesses; the impact of raising the minimum wage on poverty; the other states that have raised the minimum wage; the current profit margins of NFIB members; and the next steps in the debate.