A new report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) looks at the 12 cities and counties that passed a higher local minimum wage but then saw their state legislatures invalidate those laws and prohibit all local minimum wages. NELP found that close to 350,000 workers are losing nearly $1.5 billion in wages per year, with each worker losing around $4,000 annually. The affected workers are disproportionately women and people of color. They are also mainly adults, with many age 30 or older. Louisiana debated a bill in the last Session that would allow municipalities to set minimum wage locally but it never made it out of Committee.
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