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      Minimum Wage Initiative will Appear on November Ballot

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      A petition initiative to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska has met the qualifications to be voted on during the general election, according to the Secretary of State John Gale. He says enough verified signatures have been submitted to add the issue to the ballot in November.

      "In this case, 89,817 signatures were verified which was more than enough to meet the threshold,” explained Gale.

      At least 80,386 signatures were required to add the petition initiative to the ballot. At least five percent of those who signed had to come from 38 of the state's 93 counties.

      If passed, the measure would see Nebraska's minimum wage rise to $9 per hour by Jan. 1, 2016. The current minimum wage in Nebraska is $7.25 per hour.

      The next step will involve formalizing the dates for three public hearings to be held in each of the three congressional districts, said Gale. Brochures about the minimum wage initiative will also be distributed to each of the county election offices.

      The last petition initiative to appear on a statewide ballot was in 2008 dealing with affirmative action.

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