On Monday, Voices for Children Economic Stability & Health Policy Coordinator, Aubrey Mancuso, submitted a letter of support for LB 494, which would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers.
Nebraska is a state that values family and work. We support LB 494 because this bill is consistent with these values. We believe that individuals working full time should be able to meet all of their basic needs without assistance. Our current tipped minimum wage ($2.13/hour), which has not been raised since 1991, overly relies on consumers and the protections for workers who don’t make the full minimum wage after tips are limited.
Additionally, it is a common misconception that those working on the tipped minimum wage are mainly teenagers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median age nationally of those working in food and beverage service is 28.6 and 59% of these workers are age 25 or older, and nearly 40 percent have children. LB 494 would be a step toward ensuring that more working Nebraska families can make ends meet and we encourage the committee to advance the bill.