Center Supports Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

We are proud to announce our support for the Nebraskans for Better Wages campaign. It seeks to place a measure on the 2015 ballot to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour (the federal minimum wage) to $9.00 per hour by January 1, 2016.

This is not a problem confined to young people. The average minimum wage worker is 35, and 88% are at least 20 years old.

Minimum wage workers are your next door neighbor. Over a quarter are parents, most are women, about a third have attended college. The average minimum wage worker brings home half of the household’s earnings. These folks need a raise.

The proposed increase would reduce poverty by 2.4%. It would generate nearly $3,000 in new consumer spending by these households. Historically, minimum wage increases have not resulted in job losses. 

We encourage all Nebraskans to sign a petition to place this on the 2015 ballot. You only have until July 3! Similar efforts exist in other states. If you live in a state considering increasing the minimum wage, sign a petition in your home state and support that effort. 

For more information visit betterwagesnebraska.com.