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8:13 am
Thu July 25, 2013

State Senator to propose increase in Nebraska's minimum wage

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state lawmaker says he will propose an increase in Nebraska's minimum wage when the Legislature convenes next year.

Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha said Wednesday that he will introduce a bill to raise the rate from its current $7.25 per hour. Nordquist and five other lawmakers released statements calling on the federal government to increase its minimum wage, which is also $7.25 per hour.

The announcement is part of a series actions taking place around the nation on Wednesday, which marks the fourth anniversary of the last minimum wage increase.

Five other Nebraska lawmakers voiced support for a federal increase: Senators Tanya Cook, Sara Howard, Rick Kolowski and Heath Mello, all of Omaha, and Senator Ken Haar of Malcolm.

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