Nebraska to vote on $9 minimum wage

Supporters of the ballot initiative collected 134,899 signatures in support of raising the minimum wage.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- While the rest of the country debates $15 minimum wage, citizens in the state of Nebraska will vote on whether to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour.

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gail confirmed Friday that the petitioners supporting the ballot initiative had collected the requisite 80,386 signatures to put the minimum wage hike to vote in the fall.

"In this case, 89,817 signatures were verified which was more than enough to meet the threshold," said Gail in a statement.

Overall 134,899 signatures were collected.

If the measure passes, Nebraska's minimum wage will raise from the federal minimum $7.25 to $8 in 2015 and $9 in 2016.

Nebraska Republican nominee for governor Pete Ricketts openly opposes any raise to the state's minimum wage, while Democratic nominee Chuck Hassebrook says the hike necessary to keep people off of government assistance programs.

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