NE Voters Will Decide Minimum Wage Debate

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

Nebraska voters will get to decide if the minimum wage in the state should be raised to $9 an hour. The Nebraska Secretary of State's office said Friday supporters had collected enough valid signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

The wording for the ballot initiative is pretty simple and straightforward:

Shall the Nebraska statute establishing a minimum wage rate for employees be amended to increase the current state minimum wage from seven dollars and twenty-five cents ($7.25) per hour to eight dollars ($8.00) per hour on January 1, 2015, and to nine dollars ($9.00) per hour on January 1, 2016?

At least 80,386 signatures were required to add the petition initiative to the ballot. At least five percent of those who signed had to come from 38 of the state’s 93 counties. In a news release Secretary of State John Gail said, “In this case, 89,817 signatures were verified which was more than enough to meet the threshold."

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