Nebraska voters overwhelmingly approve minimum wage increase

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraskans making less than $15 an hour will be getting a raise sometime in the next few years.

Voters approved Initiative 433 by an almost 18-point margin, as of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The state’s minimum wage, currently $9 an hour, will increase gradually.

The first pay bump will come on Jan. 1, when the minimum wage goes up to $10.50.

After that, it will increase by $1.50 every year until 2026.

Among Nebraska’s surrounding states, Colorado, Missouri and South Dakota currently have higher minimum wages. In Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming, workers must be paid at least $7.25 an hour, which is the federal minimum wage.

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