Minimum wage drive brings criticism—even from backers.


Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

The folks out to raise Nebraska’s minimum wage insist they’re doing everything by the book.

Folks out to raise Nebraska’s minimum wage need roughly 83,000 valid names by July 4

But that hasn’t shielded their paid petition drive from criticism, even—as Nebraska Watchdog has learned—from some who sign.

As Nebraska Watchdog reported earlier this week Nebraskans for Better Wages, which has raised over $316,000—250K from just one Omaha man— needs roughly 83,000 valid signatures by July 4th to put the issue on the November ballot.

That’s when voters would be asked to up the current minimum of $7.25 an hour to $8 by January 1, 2015 followed by a second bump to $9 on January 1, 2016.

According to the drive’s organizers they have hundreds of petitioners across the state—full and part-time earning $10.50-$12.50 an hour.

So what’s the criticism and is the debate changing mind…take a look (see video below).

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