Nebraska group gathers signatures to raise minimum wage

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Updated: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:58:54 CST

Seattle, Washington just passed a $15 minimum wage earlier this week.

While one Nebraska group is pushing for a wage hike here at home, they say they have a more modest proposal.

The group Better Wages Nebraska is collecting close to 85,000 signatures by July 3rd to get the issue of raising the minimum wage on the November ballot.

This comes after a failed effort in Nebraska's legislature last session.

The proposal would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.00 an hour over the next two years.

Lincoln Senator Danielle Conrad is helping lead this effort.

She says Nebraska families are working harder than ever and falling further behind.

"Whenever we've increased the minimum wage in the past it has net economic gains for our communities and our economy. For each dollar we increase the minimum wage, those families put an additional $2800 right back into the local economy purchasing goods and services." Said Conrad.

The group began collecting signatures throughout Nebraska in Mid-May.

Conrad says the short collection period brings significant challenges, but that they are on track with their initial goals.