Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards wrote to Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation, encouraging its members to support a meaningful increase in the federal minimum wage as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan for COVID-19 relief, which may be voted on as early as this week in Congress.

“Families are the foundation of our communities. Investing in the success of Louisiana families means investing in our success as a state. It means investing in opportunities. It is unconscionable that one of our fellow citizens could work 40 hours a week for an entire year and make barely enough to be considered above the poverty line. This is not prosperity. This is not the American Dream. I challenge anyone opposed to raising the minimum wage to imagine trying to support a family on only $15,080 – it’s simply not possible,” Gov. Edwards wrote.

Click here to read the letter.