Bill to Raise Nebraska’s Minimum Wage Stalls

minimum-wage(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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    why raise the minimum wage?? we are already charged $4.00 a gallon for milk, and inbetween $3.00 and $4.00 for a gallon of gas! what do you think will happen if minimum wage goes up? the price of those items does as well…. Bottom line if you don’t like working for minimum wage…. look for something better!

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