AP:   Nebraska's Secretary of State's Office has verified enough signatures to put the minimum wage increase issue on the November ballot. 

If approved by voters, the measure would increase Nebraska's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, the same as the federal minimum, to $9 an hour by 2016. 

Secretary of State John Gale says his office verified 89,817 signatures.  Supporters needed at least 80,386 to qualify.  They also were required to gather signatures from at least 5% of residents in 38 Nebraska counties.


The issue could boost voter turnout in a year with contested races for governor and U-S Senate.  The last petition initiative to appear on a statewide ballot was a 2008 issue that dealt with affirmative action.