Across the country, low wages mean that hardworking people don’t have the money they need to pay for everyday expenses like groceries, child care, and rent. That problem is especially acute in some states, like Nebraska — where full-time minimum wage workers make only $19,000 a year.
Nebraskans of color are also far more likely to live below the poverty line than white Nebraskans. While eight percent of white Nebraskans experience poverty, 15 percent of Black Nebraskans and 20 percent of Latinx Nebraskans live below the poverty line.
Nebraska Civic Engagement Table (NCET) mobilizes for a more just, inclusive, and engaged Nebraska. With their partners, NCET conducts voter education and advocacy, including mobilizing around raising the minimum wage.
This November, NCET and its partners are collaborating on the Raise the Wage Nebraska campaign by mobilizing Nebraskans around support for Initiative 433, which would implement a gradual increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026 and adjustments each year after that for inflation.
Raising the minimum wage would support hard-working Nebraskans employed as home care aides, school aides, restaurant workers, and skilled assembly line workers. Passing the initiative would also mean child poverty would immediately decline, increasing positive outcomes for Nebraska’s children and families.
Advocates with Nebraska Civic Engagement Table at a panel about voting education and mobilization.