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Volunteers collect enough minimum wage signatures from four panhandle counties

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Four panhandle counties are believed to have qualified for minimum wage increases to appear on the November ballot thanks to volunteers .

Those counties are Banner, Sioux, Morrill and Kimball.

During the past three months volunteers have hit the local streets collecting signatures.

Scottsbluff volunteer Jeff Leanna says the overall requirement is to have signatures from five percent of registered voters in 38 state counties and to collect 83,000 signatures. 

He says adding the four panhandle counties to the overall goal is significant.

"Getting the minimum wage petition on the ballot is really important to a lot of working families. There are 32,000 Nebraskans who only earn the minimum wage contrary to popular belief. They're not high school students. Most of them are young adults and older workers, a lot of seniors make the just minimum wage and a lot of them have two and sometimes three jobs to fund the families," he said.

Volunteers are looking to have the minimum wage increase over the next two years from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour. 

The deadline to turn in petitions to the Nebraska Secretary of State is Thursday, July 3rd. Leanna says volunteers plan to overnight the last bunch of signatures to the petition office tonight.

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