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KLKN-TV (8 ABC): Many Lincoln small businesses support minimum wage increase

By  Rebecca Heckel
KLKN-TV (8 ABC), Oct 19, 2022

Nebraskans have a chance to raise the minimum wage on Nov. 8, but the ballot initiative has raised concerns about small businesses not being able to afford it. ... But many small businesses in Lincoln have stood in support of the increase, saying it will make the job market more competitive.

“People want to work in a place that feeds their soul as well as their stomachs,” said Cinnamon Dokken, owner of A Novel Idea Bookstore. “It’s essential that they’re able to put food on the tables. This will allow...

Nebraska News Service: Residents torn over minimum wage ballot initiative

By Owen Reimer
Nebraska News Service, Oct 19, 2022 

A ballot initiative to incrementally raise the Nebraska minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026 stirred debate in the 1st Congressional District’s focused hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the state capitol. The testimonies were largely in favor of increasing the wage. ...

Some of the testifying proponents, however, were business owners who felt the minimum wage increase would be beneficial, including for improving employee morale.

Cinnamon Dokken, owner of A Novel Idea Bookstore in Lincoln, said she could not get wages as high as...

Nebraska News Service: Some small business owners advocate for a higher minimum wage

By Jack Price
Nebraska News Service, Oct 16, 2022

... Some small businesses in Nebraska have already found success paying their employees higher wages. Wild Bird Habitat Stores, Mana Games and Shirts 101 all start their employees at $15 an hour. 

In October, RAYGUN Clothing, which employs 110 people in locations in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska, will join them. For Mike Draper, the owner and founder, raising his company’s starting wage is common sense.

Draper said the minimum wage is an oddity in the United States because unlike cost of living expenses, taxable income levels or even...

Hastings Tribune (NE): League of Women Voters hold minimum wage initiative forum

By Tony Herrman
Hastings Tribune, Oct 15, 2022 

Nebraska voters will act on a ballot measure that proposes a step-by-step program to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2026. ...

Kate Wolfe, campaign manager for Raise the Wage Nebraska, spoke in favor of Initiative 433, as did Small Town Famous owner Jacque Cranson, during a Hastings League of Women Voters forum Friday at the YWCA of Adams County. ...

Cranson and her husband, Matt, own Small Town Famous screen print and embroidery business. There is also a boutique in...

KETV Omaha (7 ABC): Some Nebraska small business owners speak out in favor of minimum wage increase

By Sean MacKinnon
KETV Omaha (7 ABC), Oct 14, 2022

In a joint statement today, over 300 Nebraska business owners came forward in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

They say if employees get paid more, they'll also spend more as consumers. Business owners fr0m Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Hastings and North Platte spoke out.

Dave Titterington, owner of Wild Bird Habitat store, says employees should be rewarded for good customer service.

"If you invest in your employees, you're going to have customers come in that are satisfied. You're going to...

New York Times: Battle Over Wage Rules for Tipped Workers Is Heating Up

By Talmon Joseph Smith
New York Times, Oct. 14, 2022

With Americans resuming prepandemic habits of going out, eating out and traveling, leisure and hospitality businesses have scrambled to hire, sometimes offering pay increases that outpace inflation. But for many whose pay is linked to tips, like restaurant servers and bartenders, base wages remain low, and collecting what is owed under the law can be a struggle. ...

Some employers who could use the two-tier wage system are taking a different approach.

Talia Cella, 33, is a training manager at Illegal Pete’s, a burrito spot founded in...

KMTV Omaha (CBS 3): Omaha business owners mixed on possible minimum wage increase

By: Isabella Basco
KMTV Omaha (CBS 3), Oct 14, 2022

If you're earning minimum wage, you could see more money in your pocket by 2026. A Nebraska ballot initiative would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by then.

While hundreds of business owners and executives support the measure, that's not the case for everyone.

Amelia Rosser owns Sheelytown Market, which is an Omaha plant nursery. She also cares for her employees the way she cares for the greenery.

"My business would only be right if I'm profitable and I'm paying people right...

KETV Omaha (7 ABC): Proposal to raise Nebraska's minimum wage draws debate

By Matt Brown
KETV Omaha (7 ABC) Omaha, Oct 11, 2022

Nebraska initiative 433 would raise the state's minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026. Some business owners, like Amelia Rosser, the owner of Sheelytown Market Garden, say a higher minimum wage would help businesses keep employees.

"I don't want turnover," Rosser said. "I want to have the people here who also want to be doing this forever and working right alongside me in a partnership."

While Rosser is already paying her employees $15 an hour, she hopes voters pass...

Orlando Business Journal: Here’s how Orlando residents' wages fared in the past 12 months

By Ryan Lynch
Orlando Business Journal, Oct 6, 2022

Orlando residents saw a bump on average to their average weekly pay when compared to a year ago. ...

Increased wages come as the state's hourly minimum wage grew from $10 to $11 on Sept. 30. The minimum wage for tipped employees also increased at the end of last month, from $6.98 to $7.98 per hour.

Florida citizens voted to raise the minimum wage in 2020 to $15 an hour by 2026, with a dollar increase per year. Some groups, like the Florida Business for a Fair...

Miami Herald: Florida’s minimum wage workers get a raise this week

By Anna Jean Kaiser
Miami Herald, Sep 29, 2022

Florida’s minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour on Friday, the second boost in a series of annual raises that will eventually bring it to $15 an hour. The pay raise is a result of an amendment to the Florida Constitution that 61% of voters approved in a 2020 ballot measure. ...

Some business associations fought the change ... while others campaigned for it. Jennifer Todd, the owner of LMS General Contractors based in Pompano Beach, is a member of Business for a Fair Minimum...