Organizers of a petition drive to raise the state’s minimum wage say they’ve been collecting signatures for three weeks and are hitting their goals. Nebraskans for Better Wages spokesman State Senator Jeremy Nordquist says the group hopes to gather 83,000 verified signatures by July 3rd, the deadline to put the question before voters in the general election.
“We are hitting our projections for collecting the number of signatures needed,” Senator Nordquist reports. “At this point, we’re feeling confident about our position.”
Senator Nordquist thinks the measure, if put on the November ballot, would be received favorably by most Nebraskans who want to see a nearly two dollar increase in the state’s minimum wage.
“We know that a majority of Nebraskans support raising the minimum wage to nine dollars per hour. They see the negative effects of low wage employment in their neighborhoods and in their communities,” Nordquist says.
The ballot measure would let voters decide whether to incrementally raise Nebraska’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 by January 2016.
The petition drive has picked up contributions from various union groups. Those that oppose the measure, including business groups, are looking to form a campaign to challenge the ballot measure should it be successful.