Sen. Nordquist: Raise Minimum Wage, Support Families, Boost Economy

July 24th, 2013


Sen. Nordquist: Raise Minimum Wage, Support Families, Boost Economy

Joining colleagues in Nebraska and around the country, Sen. Nordquist wants to make work pay for Americans

 

Omaha, NE: State Senator Jeremy Nordquist, Chair of the Economic Security Working Group, a national group of state lawmakers dedicated to advancing and defending workplace-based policies to build economic security and strengthen the middle class, joins colleagues in Nebraska and across the nation in support for increasing the minimum wage. The announcement came as part of a series of actions taking place across the nation on July 24th, the fourth anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage to its current rate of $7.25 an hour.

“The reward for hard work should be the ability to support your family and live off of your wages,” said Senator Jeremy Nordquist. “Nebraska families don’t want a handout. They want to work and provide for their family. But the minimum wage doesn’t allow them to meet their family’s basic needs.”

“Raising the minimum wage is popular, helps working families, creates jobs, and boosts communities and the entire economy,” said Senator Jeremy Nordquist. “With the federal minimum wage having fallen far behind the pace of inflation, minimum wage workers today are making less than they did in 1968. If Congress won’t raise the minimum wage, then state legislators all around the country are prepared to take action to support working families in our communities.”

Despite Nebraska’s consistently high rate of employment, the number of Nebraskans who are unable to make ends meet continues to grow. Today, almost one in every ten Nebraska families lives below the poverty line. The percent of children living in poverty has risen over 20% since 2007 – now, nearly 1 in every 5 Nebraska children grows up in poverty.

Senator Nordquist plans to introduce legislation to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska in the 2014 legislative session.