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(Neb.)-Minimum Wage Increase To Be On November Ballot

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 08/15/2014 02:26 PM

(LINCOLN) – A petition initiative to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska has met the qualifications to be voted on during the general election. Secretary of State John Gale says enough verified signatures have been submitted to add the issue to the ballot in November. At least 80,386 signatures were required to add the petition initiative to the ballot. At least five percent of those who signed had to come from 38 of the state’s 93 counties.
 
Gale added that he appreciated the efforts of the county election officials to get this petition and other petitions processed in a timely manner. “They’ve been working hard to ensure that the verification process has gone smoothly, not only for this petition, but the candidate petitions that we have received as well.
 
Gale said the next step will involve formalizing the dates for three public hearings to be held in each of the three congressional districts as well as production of a brochure about the minimum wage initiative that will be distributed to each of the county election offices. The last petition initiative to appear on a statewide ballot was in 2008 dealing with affirmative action.


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