Minimum wage bill that would give power to Nebraska counties stalls in Legislature

No action was taken after a public hearing for the bill yesterday

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A new bill has raised concerns over who has the right to decide on minimum wage and how it could affect communities.

The bill was proposed by Sen. Eliott Bostar of Lincoln, and it would give counties the right to set a minimum wage higher than the state minimum wage of $9/hour.  A public hearing was held on Monday by the Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee, but no actions were taken.

According to the Nebraska Examiner, Bostar said it doesn’t make sense that the minimum wage is the same “in the middle of Omaha and in the middle of Alliance.”

Representatives for the AFL-CIO unions and the Center for Rural Affairs supported this bill, and agree that counties would know what is best for their communities.

However, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce disagrees with the bill, and thinks it will cause more harm than good.  They warn that it could cause small businesses to sink, and raise unemployment rates.

Jon Cannon, executive director of the Nebraska Association of County Officials, tells the Nebraska Examiner this is something county officials haven’t asked for.

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