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State Senator introduces bill to raise Nebraska's "tip wage"

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 12:13:11-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV)  — State Senator Megan Hunt is introducing a bill to help workers who are in a tip-based industry.

According to release, Nebraska has not increased its "tip wage" since 1991 when it was set at $2.13. Under Hunt's proposal, it would increase to half of the state's minimum wage, meaning $3.60 on Jan. 1, 2020 and $4.50 on Jan. 1, 2021.

“Even with great customer service, tips aren’t always guaranteed,” Hunt said. “Nebraska has raised its minimum wage seven times since 1991, but the wage for tipped workers hasn’t budged. After 28 years, it’s time to give our tipped workers in Nebraska a raise. Passing this bill will prevent brain drain and bring more dignity to the lives of our tipped workers and their families.”

The bill has received bipartisan support.