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Grassroots effort to raise wages in Nebraska

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV/US92) - A grassroots effort to raise wages for low income Nebraskans made its way to Siouxland Thursday.

"Better Wages Nebraska" held a petition signing event at Norfolk's Central Park.The group is trying to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.00 an hour by January 2016.

Event organizers say they were impressed at the amount of older residents who came to sign the petition.

Mary Doyle-Madison County Democratic Party Chairman said, "the first people that have shown up here have all been retired, elderly folks. I have a group that I work with that are retired teachers that are very engaged and active in showing up. Also in recruiting people to come."

Overall, the campaign needs 81,000 signatures and 5% of the registered voters in 38 counties to have the issue put on the November ballot.

The group will be back at Central Park Friday afternoon from three to seven hoping to gather more signatures.

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