City Council Discusses “Living Wage”

Monday night, the Lincoln City Council heard public comment on a proposal to create a city-government minimum wage. The proposal introduced by Councilman Terry Werner would only affect city employees and those doing business with the city.If it passes, the city government minimum wage, or living wage as it's called, would be based on Federal poverty guidelines. Employees receiving insurance benefits would make $8.85 an hour, those without would make $9.73 an hour. The proposal would require the wage for anyone with a city contract worth more than 25-thousand dollars and at least 10 employees. The Council will hear the third and final reading on the proposal at their next meeting. After that they're expected to vote on the measure. Omaha passed a similar ordinance in 2001, but it was overturned shortly afterward by their City Council.