Advocates for the next minimal wage in Nebraska need the query to go earlier than voters in 2022, however the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce is among the many opponents of the proposal.
Supporters of the initiative, together with some state senators, need a rise within the minimal wage from the present $9 an hour to $15 an hour.
In 2014, Nebraska voters authorised an initiative elevating the minimal wage to $9 from $7.25 an hour.
The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce is against a state-by-state minimal wage, its president Bryan Slone advised The Heart Sq..
“The NE Chamber has opposed making a patchwork quilt of state minimal wage guidelines within the 50 states, and helps a uniform federal normal,” he stated.
The scarcity of employees following the COVID-19 pandemic has already elevated wages, Slone stated.
“It’s not clear whether or not this effort would have a lot of a sensible impression,” Slone added.
Slone stated the extra vital problem is ensuring Nebraska has an sufficient workforce to satisfy the demand for jobs:
“Proper now, all of us must be targeted on connecting individuals to the hundreds of great job alternatives in our state and serving to present abilities, expertise, and coaching to boost the financial alternatives of all Nebraskans,” he stated.
A invoice to boost the minimal wage to $20 an hour by 2032 stalled within the Nebraska legislature this yr.