Arguing that "you can't feed a family on $7.25 an hour," District D City Councilman Jared Brossett proposed a "living wage ordinance" for city contractors at the Jan. 22 council meeting. The ordinance would require contractors who receive more than $25,000 a year from city contracts, as well as third-party project managers who receive grant funding through the city, to pay their employees at least $10.10 an hour and provide a minimum of seven paid sick days.
Louisiana, however, is one of only a few states without a minimum wage law, relying on the federal minimums — and the state has passed legislation barring cities from setting a higher minimum wage. That would seem to keep Brossett's proposal from ever becoming law.
Brossett didn't return Gambit's calls about the disparity, but Miles Granderson, Brossett's chief of staff, said, "We're trying to further a general theme of not having people work full time, work jobs, be hardworking and still barely be outside of poverty wages. ... Whatever we can do to at least bring attention to this is good."