Minimum wage petitioners appear to reach goal

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Lincoln, NE– Nebraskans for Better Wages announced today that they submitted 134,899 citizen signatures to the Secretary of State in support of a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska to $9 per
hour by 2016.

"Nebraskans value hard work and overwhelming agree that if you work hard you should earn enough to be able to take care of your family. We are talking about making sure hardworking Nebraskans earn enough to provide the basics like a tank of gas for the car or paying for a doctor's visit," said state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, sponsor of the initiative.

Nordquist said, "This citizen initiative will ensure a strong Nebraska economy that works for everyone. This is truly a historic victory for all hardworking Nebraskans and a historic victory for all Nebraskans who value an economy that works for everyone."

Nebraskans for Better Wages engaged over 300 volunteers and collected citizen signatures from all of Nebraska's 93 counties. The campaign is confident the ballot measure will qualify for the general election ballot, exceeding the statutory requirements: seven percent of Nebraska's registered voters, approximately 81,000, and five percent of registered voters in 38 counties.

"In less than seven weeks our campaign achieved the impossible," said Senator Danielle Conrad, campaign director and sponsor of the initiative. "We gathered signatures door-to-door from Omaha to Scottsbluff.

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