Sen. Nordquist Seeks Minimum-Wage Ballot Measure
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A state senator is working on a possible ballot measure to increase Nebraska's minimum wage. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha issued a call for supporters Thursday to help gather the 80,000 signatures needed by early July. Nordquist has launched a website, ValuingWork.com, as part of an effort to place the issue on the November ballot. A bill that would have raised Nebraska's minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour died in the Legislature in March, after lawmakers fell five votes short of the support needed to advance it through a first-round vote. Nordquist says a ballot measure would propose raising the wage to at least $9 an hour. He points to a January poll of Nebraskans, in which 60 percent of respondents said they favored raising the wage.