Group Fights State Minimum Wage Increase
(7-8-14) A group has been formed to fight a proposed minimum wage increase.
A petition drive, if approved for the ballot, will ask voters to hike the minimum wage from the current $7.25 up to $9 an hour.
Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom is organizing to oppose the measure.
Spokesman Doug Kagan says his group represents conservatives, and considers the minimum wage an unwarranted government intrusion into the free market. The group feels that an increase will curtail job creation and cause more unemployment among low wage workers. Kagan says the group will launch a speaking tour, publish its positions on social media, and hopes to raise enough money for campaign advertising.
A group headed by State senators Danielle Conrad of Lincoln and Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha is seeking to raise the state's minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $8 immediately, then to $9 next year.