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Monroe, Louisiana is tired of growing

If you haven’t been to the great state of Louisiana, you’re really missing out. Great food, tremendous culture, lots of history, and a city that wants the state legislature to allow it to raise the minimum wage in the city limits to $10/hour.

Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Sue Nicholson said Thursday that Chamber officials have contacted Jim Patterson, LABI’s vice president of government relations, to determine the legality of the proposal by Rep. Marcus Hunter, D-Monroe.

Earlier this week the Monroe City Council in a 3-2 vote agreed to pass a resolution asking Hunter to introduce a bill in the 2014 Louisiana legislative session to establish a $10 per hour minimum wage for people employed in the city limits.

Hunter said he would try to get support for similar bills for the city of West Monroe and Ouachita Parish.

Monroe, Louisiana is run by a city council that apparently does not want any more economic growth within in the city limits. In fact, according to the Gannett-owned newspaper there, it really wants its entire parish (for you non-Louisiana types, a parish is the equivalent of one of your counties, you heathens) to do the same. Luckily, the mayor and two city council members oppose the ordinance calling for their state representative, Marcus Hunter to introduce a bill to the state legislature, which convenes in a few months, to allow Monroe to raise the minimum wage in the city limits.

Monroe is a city that has grown a fair amount in the past couple of decades, and so you can imagine it is rough to have to constantly adapt to that lifestyle. The city council’s plan to stop business growth in the city might seem insane to most, but it’s really a tremendous ploy to ensure that other areas in the state have more than enough time to catch up.

There’s also the possibility that maybe they don’t like the University of Louisiana at Monroe, which, like most universities, employs student workers who don’t make enough toiling away for a few spare hours in between class, studying and drinking all the liquor.

It’s a nearly $3/hour raise for minimum wage workers in the city, and while the consequences could include job losses, price increases and the relocation of businesses to more business-friendly municipalities, it’s a price worth paying to put a stop to the pressure economic growth can bring to a city.

This is the very same platform, mind you, that the Democratic Party as a whole wants to take in 2014 because they have literally nothing else to run on. At all.

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