Nebraska lawmaker to propose higher state minimum wage

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A state lawmaker says he will propose an increase in Nebraska's minimum wage when the Legislature convenes next year.  Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha said Wednesday that he will introduce a bill to raise the rate from its current $7.25 per hour. Nordquist and five other lawmakers released statements calling on the federal government to increase its minimum wage, which is also $7.25 per hour.  The announcement is part of a series actions taking place around the nation on Wednesday, which marks the fourth anniversary of the last minimum wage increase.  Five other Nebraska lawmakers voiced support for a federal increase: Sens. Tanya Cook, Sara Howard, Rick Kolowski and Heath Mello, all of Omaha, and Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm.