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Rallying For Working Families In Nebraska

The Rally For Working Families at the Nebraska State Capitol, held as part of the National Week of Action For Real Prosperity Across America, was a major success! Yesterday, joined by a throng of supporters and advocates, Senators Jeremy Nordquist, Heath Mello, Tanya Cook, and Danielle Conrad announced a new ballot initiative effort to put a minimum wage increase before the people of Nebraska in November. Coming on the heels of the Nebraska Legislature coming so close to passing an increase legislatively but falling short, the ballot question would allow Nebraskans to decide the matter directly. Here's a round-up of photos from the event, as well as local press coverage.

   

From ABC 8 Eyewitness News:

Senators rally for working Nebraskans

It's National Week of Action for Prosperity Across America.

"We're not, certainly my colleagues and I, are not sitting on the sidelines, we're taking action," Sen. Jeremy Nordquist said.

20 states, including Nebraska, are participating and several Nebraskans are supporting the cause.

From 1011now.com:

Nebraska Senators Hold 'Working Families' Rally

"Nebraska lawmakers said Tuesday they were able to make progress for working families this session, despite some setbacks.

Supporters gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday for a rally with Sens. Jeremy Nordquist, Tanya Cook and Heath Mello of Omaha, and Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln. The senators touted several bills this year designed to benefit working families.

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Dozens of supporters also gathered on the capitol steps to make their voices heard on a variety of issues from wage increases to more accessible healthcare."

From the Lincoln Journal-Star:

Demonstrators seek shared prosperity, talk ballot push for minimum wage

Workers in Nebraska who would like to see a rise in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour may see a ballot initiative this year.

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist said Tuesday he and others are meeting with faith leaders, advocates in the Legislature and organized labor to decide if about 80,000 petition signatures could be gathered by early July to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot.

"We think we'd have to make a decision and launch by probably mid-May to have all the pieces in place," Nordquist said at a gathering to support working families.

Up to 100 people rallied late Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol in support of raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid and equal pay.

From KETV Newswatch 7:

Business owner rallies for increase in minimum wage

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His business isn't massive, then again neither is Rick Poore's payroll. The president of Designwear said he pays his employees more than minimum wage.

"It's much bigger then, ‘I am going to have to have a larger payroll.’ People are going to have to think a lot bigger than that,” Poore said.

It's not often you hear a business owner asking the government to require paychecks higher than $7.25 an hour. Unlike Poore's last name, he wants underpaid people to lose the title.

“If they don't have the money, they’re not spending it and local businesses aren't selling as much,” he said.