Seth Harris says 165,000 Louisiana workers would benefit
Acting U.S. Labor Secretary Seth Harris says 165,000 Louisiana workers would benefit from an increase in the federal minimum wage.
Harris is traveling the country meeting with minimum wage workers in an effort to drum up support for President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour.
Opponents of the increase argue it would hurt small businesses by increasing their costs, but Harris disagrees and points to a recent poll by the group "Small Business Majority" that found that two-thirds of small business owners support an increase in the minimum wage and support tying it to inflation.
"Small business owners are okay with the increase. They think it will mean that their consumers, their customers, are gonna have more money in their pockets, and it's gonna help them to do a little bit better, too," Harris said.
Harris says there are bills pending in Congress to raise the minimum wage, but it's not clear when they'll be taken up.