Merkley and Wyden Discuss Minimum Wage

Senator MerkleyPORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden visited a Portland grocery store Friday to talk about low wages among Americans.

They say it is part of an effort to get congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the national minimum wages to $10.10 an hour. It would also include annual increases to adjust for cost of living.

Senator Jeff Merkley says raising the wages is important for the economy:

“America only prospers when the middle class prospers, and we can start tackling the destructive income inequality eating away at our economy by raising the federal minimum wage.”

Oregon’s minimum wage is currently at $9.10 an hour.