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Lincoln Journal Star: Alma Cerretta: 433 will move state forward

By Alma Cerretta
Lincoln Journal Star, Letter to Editor, Nov 2, 2022. See full op-ed in Omaha World Herald.

As a small business owner, I’m glad that minimum wage is on the ballot.

Initiative 433 gives us all a way to move Nebraska forward by raising the minimum wage.

When we opened Mana Games Café, we knew we wanted to avoid the low-pay, high-turnover, low-morale business model that’s been way too common in our industry – an industry that’s supposed to be about service and hospitality.

We pay more than the current $9 minimum wage...

Yahoo News: Holly Sklar: Minimum wage is a poverty wage. Raise it.

Op-Ed By Holly Sklar
Yahoo News, Nov 3, 2022, The Intelligencer (PA), Sep 29, 2022. Also York Daily Record, Bucks County Courier Times, Tri County Record, others in PA. Previously in Birmingham News, Seattle Times, Mobile Press Register, PennLive/Harrisburg Patriot News, many more. Distributed by American Forum.

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 per hour for 13 years. That’s just $15,080 a year if you work full time.

Prices are up. Corporate profits hit record highs. But the minimum wage has stayed at $7.25 since the last increase on July 24, 2009...

Nebraska Public Media (NPR): Is it time for Nebraska to have a $15 per hour minimum wage?

By Will Bauer
Nebraska Public Media (PBS, NPR), Nov. 3, 2022

On Election Day, Nebraska voters will decide whether the state’s $9 per hour minimum wage should gradually be bumped to $15 or remain the same. ...

"I believe that small businesses can't afford not to pay more because it keeps us competitive,” said Mikaela Krueger, owner of Optika Curated Eyewear in Hastings.

She's also a member of Nebraska Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a coalition of nearly 300 small business owners from across the state who support the initiative. ...

“If people are...

Omaha World Herald: Alma Cerretta: Raising Nebraska’s minimum wage is good for business

Op-Ed By Alma Cerretta, Owner, Mana Games Cafe

As a small business owner, I’m glad that minimum wage is on the ballot. Initiative 433 gives us all a way to move Nebraska forward by raising the minimum wage. ... Minimum wage increases are a two-way street. More money goes into worker’s paychecks and more money gets spent by workers and their families at local businesses. ...

Lincoln Journal Star: Cinnamon Dokken: The business case for Initiative 433

Letter to Editor By Cinnamon Dokken
Lincoln Journal Star, Oct 28, 2022

You wouldn’t know from the recent article, “Backers, foes of ballot initiatives make final pitch at public hearing,” (Oct. 19) that there is strong business support for Initiative 433. As the owner of A Novel Idea Bookstore in Lincoln, I support raising the minimum wage and provided testimony presented at the hearing. Lincoln businesses Firespring, Moose’s Tooth Outdoor and Cycle Works also testified in support of Initiative 433.

The spokesperson from the Lincoln Independent Business Association, who opposed the initiative, does not speak...

ABC27 WHTM (PA): Lancaster business supports women, people can support women-owned small business

By Taylor Tosheff, Avery Van Etten
ABC27 WHTM (Harrisburg, PA), Oct 28, 2022

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. Although the month is almost over, people can support women-owned businesses year-round.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 13 million women-owned businesses and counting. In 2019, women-owned businesses represented 42% of all U.S. businesses and generated $1.9 trillion of revenue.

Jennie Groff is part owner of Lancaster Sweet Shoppe and Stroopies. Stroopies has an all-women team and employs resettled refugee women living in Lancaster City.

While making the Stroopies — a Dutch stroopwafel...

Norfolk News Radio: Many Nebraska small businesses support minimum wage increase

By Pat Caveye
Norfolk News Radio (WJAG 780AM/105.9FM, KQKX 106 KIX, KEXL 97.5FM), Oct 26, 2022

As the election is less than two weeks away, one topic Nebraskans will get to decide is if they want to approve the gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2026.

... nearly 300 small business owners and executives have voiced their support for the pay increase.

Wild Bird Habitat store owner Dave Titterington says small businesses need to move their employees out of the expense column and into the investment column, as they are the first...

Lincoln Journal Star: Minimum wage hike would mean pay increases for thousands of Nebraska government workers

By Matt Olberding
Lincoln Journal Star, Oct 25, 2022. Also Grand Island Independent, Scottsbluff Star Herald, North Platte Telegraph, Kearney Hub, Columbus Telegram, Fremont Tribune, Beatrice Daily Sun, York News Times, Sioux City Journal, more

There's disagreement over whether gradually raising Nebraska's minimum wage from its current $9 an hour to $15 an hour is a good thing. ...

Nebraska Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a coalition of more than 300 business owners and executives, has come out strongly in support of the $15 minimum wage.

“People can’t make ends meet on $9 an hour, and...

Omaha World Herald: Supporters say Nebraska minimum wage hike would lift thousands out of poverty

By Erin Bamer
Omaha World Herald, Oct 23, 2022

LINCOLN — Karen Anthony has worked as a home health care provider for 40 years, and in that time she has never earned more than $12 an hour. Her wages aren’t enough to allow her to afford everyday essentials like a car or even groceries. ... Anthony shared her story at the Nebraska State Capitol this past week during a public hearing on a ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. ...

Supporters also argue that increasing pay would encourage...