Minimum wage increase goes into effect Sunday

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) —A late Christmas present has arrived for the entire state of Nebraska. It comes in the form of cold hard cash as Nebraska officially raised minimum wage today.

The increase adds an extra $1.50 to minimum wage making $9.00 an hour jump to $10.50. And it doesn’t end there, under initiative 433 the state will gradually raise minimum wage to $15.00 an hour by the year 2026.

The minimum wage roll out will increase every year by $1.50 until it reaches $15.00.

Initiative 433 was approved with a 59% vote last November.

Nebraska joins multiple states who have already increased minimum wage to $15.00 or have an annual wage increase roll-out plan to get them to $15.00 within a few years.

Currently Washington State has the highest minimum wage among the U.S. coming in at $15.74.

The district with the highest minimum wage is the District of Columbia (DC) with $16.10.

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