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By Alex McLoon
KETV 7 (ABC) Omaha, Dec 28, 2023

Minimum wage in Nebraska is increasing to $12 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2024, after a November 2022 vote. ...The minimum wage will increase to $13.50 per hour in 2025 and $15 per hour in 2026. Minimum wage will increase in 2027 based on the cost-of-living increase ...

"I think the minimum wage is the fastest way to put more spending power in people's hands without having to rely on different programs or wealth distribution," RAYGUN owner Mike Draper said.

The clothing business is based in Iowa, where the state still follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

"I think in Iowa, if the people actually had a say, the minimum wage would go up," Draper said.

Small businesses like RAYGUN say the increase will boost consumer spending and improve employee hiring, retention, productivity, and customer service.

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