Necessary Signatures Gathered for Higher Nebraskan Minimum Wage
(7-3-14) The number of signatures needed on the petition to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska to $9 over the next three years has been reached and exceeded.
On Thursday, Senators Jeremy Nordquist and Danielle Conrad, along with members from Nebraskans for Better Wages, held a press conference to announce that 134,899 citizen signatures have been gathered over the past seven weeks in support of this movement. The minmum number of signatures needed was 7 percent of registered voters, or about 83,000 people.
Senator Conrad said the signatures will be sent to the Secretary of State for processing and back to counties for validation.
The initiative was made by the group in order to place the item on the November ballot for citizens to vote on. If the item is placed on the ballot and voted for, the minimum wage in Nebraska would increase first from its current level of $7.25 to $8 and then to up to $9 by 2016.
Pictured above from left to right is Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, Sen. Danielle Conrad and three members from Nebraskans for Better Wages
Photo and story by Annie Bohling for KFOR NEWS