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We Can Win a Living Wage

Posted on 26. Apr, 2016 by

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 1.28.26 PMTomorrow, April 27th, the Louisiana Senate will vote on legislation that is essential to raising the minimum wage and increasing housing choice. Will you take action for Louisiana working families?

Many Louisiana families work hard but earn low wages that limit housing opportunities. In a state where ¼ of renters pay more than half their income toward rent and utilities, we cannot build our way out of the current housing crisis. SB 347 by Sen. Troy Carter would repeal restrictions on local cities and parishes and allow them to set their own living wage standards.

Currently, a parent working minimum wage at $7.25 per hour would have to work 69 hours per week in order to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment at market-rate rent. If the legislature is not willing to raise the state minimum wage, surely local jurisdictions should have the freedom to set their own rules for residents facing a housing crunch.

That’s why were asking you to urge Louisiana lawmakers to stand with working families and pass legislation that allows for a living wage and greater housing security.

Thank you for your support.

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