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      Bill to Raise Nebraska's Minimum Wage Stalls

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      LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A proposal to increase Nebraska's minimum wage to $9 an hour is dead for the year.

      The bill stalled Monday night on a 20-20 vote in the Legislature. Opponents also defeated several amendments that would have exempted small- and mid-sized businesses, and allowed companies to exclude employees who have worked for them for less than two years.

      The measure would have raised the wage gradually, from $7.25 to $9.00 by 2017. Business groups opposed it, saying the legislation would have increased their labor costs and made them less competitive.

      Lawmakers also rejected a proposal to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, who currently make $2.13 an hour.

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