Nebraska Taxpayers For Freedom launches campaign against minimum wage hike

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Updated: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:00:45 CST

As one group is pushing to raise Nebraska's minimum wage, another is trying to keep it the same.

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom launched an official campaign yesterday. It's an effort to fight a possible ballot measure that would gradually raise the minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour by 2016.

This after Nebraskans for Better Wages turned in nearly 135,000 signatures to the Secretary of State last week in hopes of getting the measure on the November ballot.

But Doug Kagan, President of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom says the group has a number of concerns about that measure, saying raising the minimum wage is bad for job growth and creation.

He added that business owners will either have to cut staffing or raise prices on goods and services.

Kagan says the group plans on speaking in cities across the state to inform voters and encourage them to vote no.

The Secretary of State's Office will be sending the signatures to be verified in each county. Officials say that could take at least a month.