Supporters gather 135,000 signatures to put minimum wage on fall ballot

Measure to raise Minimum Wage to be voted on this fall pending signature verification

The “Better Wages Nebraska” campaign collected nearly 135,000 signatures to put raising the minimum wage on the fall ballot.

The “Better Wages Nebraska” campaign collected nearly 135,000 signatures to put raising the minimum wage on the fall ballot.

On July 3, the good news didn’t come in small packages, but in stacks and stacks of large boxes, piled high in the rotunda of the State Capitol. The boxes contained petitions signed by nearly 135,000 Nebraskans from every corner of our state in support of a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage.

Thanks to your support, Nebraskans will have the chance to vote this fall on whether our state will raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $9 per hour by 2016.

Many supporters around the state deserve thanks for their work volunteering to collect signatures at events and in their neighborhoods, from friends, coworkers, and fellow Nebraskans.

So what’s next for the minimum wage effort?  The signatures were delivered to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office, where they will be counted and verified. That’s expected to be completed by the end of July.  As long as the signature count and requirements are deemed valid, the measure will be placed on the ballot for Nebraskans to vote on this November.

Raising the minimum wage is a way to reaffirm the dignity of hard work that Nebraskans value so much. “Everyone who works full time should be able to provide for their families,” State senator Jeremy Nordquist said at a press conference to announce the petition signatures.

A slight increase in the minimum wage will help thousands of working Nebraska families fight off poverty and boost the overall economy.

State senator Danielle Conrad spearheaded the Better Wages Nebraska campaign. “The fall campaign starts today,” she said at a July 3 press conference at the State Capitol.

State senator Danielle Conrad spearheaded the Better Wages Nebraska campaign. “The fall campaign starts today,” she said at a July 3 press conference at the State Capitol.

Vote This Fall!

Last week was a great victory for Nebraska’s working families, but our hard work isn’t complete quite yet.  We encourage all Nebraskans to go to the polls this November to cast a vote for hard-working Nebraskans, increased opportunity for families, and a more robust economy.

Vote to Raise The Wage this fall!

 

 

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