Sen. Nordquist Pushes for Upping Neb. Minimum Wage
(4-24-14) A state senator is working on a possible ballot measure to increase Nebraska's minimum wage. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha issued a call for supporters Thursday to help gather the 80,000 signatures needed by early July. Nordquist has launched a website, valuingwork.com, as part of an effort to place the issue on the November ballot. A bill that would have raised Nebraska's minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour died in the Legislature in March. Nordquist says a ballot measure would propose raising the wage to at least $9 an hour. He points to a January poll of Nebraskans, in which 60 percent of respondents said they favored raising the wage.