Controversial Living Wage Ordinance To Go Before City Council

A controversial ordinance that would make Lincoln a “Living Wage City” will soon go before the City Council. The proposed ordinance would affect businesses, like construction companies, that bid on city contracts worth more than 25-thousand dollars. Councilman Terry Werner introduced the measure. He wants those companies to pay their employees at least $8.85 an hour. But the ordinance is facing a lot of opposition, especially from the Lincoln Independent Business Association and the Chamber of Commerce. A public hearing on the Living Wage Ordinance is scheduled for next Monday at 5:30 at the City Council Chambers. The City Council will vote on the ordinance the following Monday, March third.