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Nebraska minimum wage staying put for 2014

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A proposal to increase Nebraska's minimum wage to $9 an hour is dead for the year.
 
The bill stalled Monday night on a 20-20 vote in the Legislature. Opponents also defeated several amendments that would have exempted small- and mid-sized businesses, and allowed companies to exclude employees who have worked for them for less than two years.
 
The measure would have raised the wage gradually, from $7.25 to $9.00 by 2017. Business groups opposed it, saying the legislation would have increased their labor costs and made them less competitive.
 
Lawmakers also rejected a proposal to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, who currently make $2.13 an hour

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