The Oregon legislature has passed a plan to raise the state minimum wage in a tiered structure that sees employees in Portland earning $14.75 an hour, those in Salem, Eugene and other smaller cities $13.50, and those in the hinterlands $12.50 — all by 2022. Gov. Kate Brown, in a statement, said she is prepared to sign the legislation.

In drafting the measure, the governor and legislature hoped to stave off two pending ballot measures for November, one to raise the statewide minimum to $13.50 an hour, the other to $15. Backers have not yet indicated whether they’ll withdraw the measures.

The current state minimum wage is already among the nation’s highest at $9.25 an hour.

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