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Some state lawmakers pushing minimum wage increase

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- Advocates for low-income families in Louisiana are asking state lawmakers to increase Louisiana's minimum wage. They say many workers are struggling and in poverty.
A list of Democratic lawmakers have pre-filed bills aimed at raising Louisiana’s minimum wage anywhere from $8.25 per hour to $10.10. That's up from the hourly federal rate of $7.25.
The legislative session in Baton Rouge starts March 10.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says he opposes the increase. He says it would hurt small businesses as they would have to lay off workers.
Proponents, however, say the hike is long-due and could help pull some workers out of poverty, boosting the economy.
Additionally, area lawmakers are filing bills ahead of the session.
Several local bills were filed this week.
Senate Bill 152, by Sen. John Smith, would increase the board membership on the War Memorial Civic Center Board in DeRidder.
House Bill 344 by Rep. James Armes would outline a decrease in hunting and fishing fees for the surviving spouse member of a member of the armed forces, killed in action.
You can find all of the prefiled legislation at legis.state.la.us.
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