"We have business in Louisiana really struggling, right now. Even in our oil field, right now, 25-percent of the workforce has been laid off and I'm hearing numbers, by June, it could be up to 50-percent."
The governor reportedly wants to increase the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, one dollar above the federal minimum that Louisiana currently recognizes. Riser says a minimum wage hike would also harm job creation. He says, at this time, the state's business community cannot support the pay hike.
"They're clearly laying off people, right now. I don't think that can be disputed that people are being laid off all over the state."
Any bill that would raise Louisiana's minimum wage would likely come through Riser's committee. Riser feels $7.25 an hour gives employees a fair starting point.
"Businesses hire people to give them a start and give them a skill level and develop a skill level. When you develop that skill level, you move on to higher paying jobs."