Nebraska’s minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour over two years after voters approved statewide ballot Initiative 425 Tuesday. This puts Nebraska working wage higher than the federal standard of $7.25 per hour.
A citizen effort, backed by some high-profile donors, collected enough signatures to get the question to the General Election ballot. Small business interests and a few Republicans spoke out against the initiative, saying the cost would be passed to consumers. Opponents, however did not have an organized effort to fight Nebraskans for Better Wages.
Omaha state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist rallied the support of Democratic candidates, but told Nebraska Radio Network that bipartisan support made all the difference: