Nebraska TV: The new year puts into effect Initiative 433, Nebraska's minimum wage increase

By Risell Ventura
Nebraska TV, Jan 1, 2023

The first day of the year brought with it the Nebraska’s minimum wage increase, the first step under Initiative 433, passed by voters in November ...

Many people support the initiative, like Dave Titterington, the owner of Wild Bird Habitat Store, in Omaha and Lincoln. ...

“When you consider the cost of childcare, when you consider groceries, and the cost of fuel, it will greatly benefit the employees because they are going to be able to help ends meet a little bit easier," Titterington said. ...

Titterington said the increased cost of goods will mostly be affected by supply chain prices, not the wages of employees.

“Right now, we are lowering the price on wild bird seed because it is finally starting to come down a little bit." Titterington said. "We are not going to use increasing the wages for our employees as an excuse to raise our prices for consumers. We know from experience that paying employees a living wage increases productivity and brings us happier employees and happier customers. And raising the minimum wage will increase spending at local businesses across Nebraska."

Amelia Rosser, owner of Sheelytown Market in Omaha, said, “Raising the minimum wage will help Nebraska workers and businesses thrive. When you treat employees fairly, they care about your business and show more dedication to their work and to customers. Raising the minimum wage will lift up the communities that local businesses like mine are rooted in.” ...

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