NEARLY 135,000 SIGNATURES GATHERED FOR MINIMUM WAGE VOTE

Posted 2 months ago

By Kevin Horn

The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Nebraskans for Better Wages says it has the signatures to force a vote on the November ballot on increasing the minimum wage.

The group had until Thursday afternoon to gather the signatures and held a news conference to announce the results: 134,899 signatures; 81,000 were needed.

If enough signatures are verified by the secretary of state, the initiative petition will make it onto the November 4 ballot. If Nebraskans approve it in November, the minimum wage would increase to $8 an hour by Jan. 1, 2015, and to $9 an hour by Jan. 1, 2016. It has been $7.25 an hour since 2009.

Nebraskans for Better Wages has been collecting signatures since mid-May. The group is a coalition of workers, educators, child advocates, business owners and faith leaders and is led by state Senator Danielle Conrad.