Nebraskans May Vote On Minimum Wage Increase

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LINCOLN, NE - This fall, Nebraska voters will have the chance to vote on a minimum wage increase.

A petition drive has succeeded in getting enough signatures to get it on the November ballot.

On Thursday (7/3/14) 134,899 signatures were turned in to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office. State law requires that at least 5 percent of signatures gathered come from 38 of the state’s 93 counties. Secretary of State John Gale says those signatures must come from “at least 7 percent of registered voters.”

Nebraska’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, which is the same as the federal minimum wage.

If voters give the thumbs up, that wage will be raised to $8 an hour by next year and $9 by 2016.

State election officials are now working to confirm all signatures; that work should be completed by Monday, July 7. Gale says that “once we’ve heard from all 93 counties we’ll notify the petition organizer.”

While the petitions are processed, the state Attorney General’s office will start drafting the language that will appear on the ballot in November.