Oregon Tinkers with Tiered Minimum Wage Structure

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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