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More than 150,000 Nebraska residents might be affected if the minimum wage is being increased to $15 per hour

LINCOLN, Nebraska — According to statements made by Raise the Wage Nebraska this week, residents of Nebraska would benefit families with children and reduce wage disparities if they voted in November to raise the minimum wage.

The study, which was conducted by the Economic Policy Institute in 2019 and published in 2019, indicated that raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour would be beneficial to 150,000 workers in Nebraska.

White people make up 77% of the total population. Women make up over 60 percent of the total. 43% of those who could benefit from this have some sort of postsecondary education. More than forty percent of Nebraskans reside in rural areas. More than twenty percent of them are parents.

Since I was 17 years old, I have held various customer service and claims management jobs that need me to put in a lot of effort. Kim Baker, a local of Lincoln, says that despite the fact that she has never done anything wrong, her hourly wage has never been more than $15. I should be able to live independently with my kid after 20 years of marriage, but the expense of housing alone makes that impossible on my current pay.

“Working families can’t make ends meet because wages haven’t kept up,” said Kate Wolfe, Campaign Manager for Raise the Wage Nebraska. “At today’s minimum wage of $9 an hour, parents can’t afford to pay rent and put food on the table,” she added. “Working families aren’t able to make it.”

97,245 valid signatures were required for the Raise the Wage Nebraska petition to be accepted onto the ballot. The date of the election is November 8th.

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