Oregon Minimum Wage Rises To $9.10 Per Hour
Oregon's minimum wage will be more than nine dollars an hour next year. The 15 cent increase was announced Tuesday.
When voters re-wrote Oregon's minimum wage law in 2002, they tied increases to inflation. Over the last decade it's gone up about two dollars an hour, an average bump of twenty cents a year.
California lawmakers have approved increasing their minimum wage by two dollars over the next three years, to $10 an hour.
In Seattle, advocates are pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage, which would be almost six dollars an hour more than Washington state's rate.
Oregon labor commissioner Brad Avakian says the new rate of $9.10 an hour will help working families, but he doesn't support a bigger increase.
"I think that Oregon voters got it right, in the way that we do it - in tying it to the Consumer Price Index, so that it's predictable both for employees and employers" says Avakian.
The new rate takes effect January 1st, 2014.
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