MEDFORD, Ore. — Minimum wage workers in Oregon fit all of their needs into a tight budget, and beginning next year, they may have a little more to work with. The Oregon Labor and Industries commissioner announced Tuesday minimum wage will be going up 15 cents per hour beginning January 1st, 2014.
Minimum wage worker Kaylee Dearmore said every little bit helps and 15 extra cents an hour can add up and help out over the course of a year.
“Come February I’m going to be having a baby so it will put in more for diapers and formula and everything that comes with that,” said Dearmore.
With the rise in minimum wage comes a rise in costs to businesses. Mike Hogan owns Rosario’s Italian Restaurant and thinks all businesses will have to take a look on how to adjust to the change.
“Every business, I think whether it’s a grocery store, gas station, or a restaurant, is going to pass the increased cost of payroll onto our consumer, and our consumers are minimum wage employees and everybody else,” said Hogan.
Hogan said the move is a good thing for those earning minimum wage, but it could have a ripple effect on the price of goods in the state.
“On one hand maybe it’s good. On the other hand, everything is going to keep going up in price,” said Hogan.