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Minimum Wage Set to Increase in Oregon

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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.

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  1. mark says:

    “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.

    Obviously, Hogan got a C, or better, in ECON 101.

  2. cavi says:

    It’s great for minimum wage employees, unfortunately for those that earn a little more than minimum wage don’t get an increase but still feel the affect of it, I barely make ends meet as it is, the price increase will cause me to decrease more than I do all ready.

  3. Kelly says:

    Oregonians have seen an increase across the board in taxes raised by the Oregon legislature with no complaints from the people. 15 cents is nothing compared to business tax increases totaling 20 percent or more over the past 4 years. The people in Salem will continue their attack on businesses as they have for decades now. It is true that trickle down economics will hurt Oregonians especially the poor. Who cares? Obviously nobody.

  4. Rick says:

    Well I don’t see why we should raise the minimum wage. I own a business here in Medford and I have a real hard time finding people. It seem’s to me that most young people today are lazy, They want a paycheck but don’t want to work, So why should we reward them with a raise? The girl’s who apply most of the time dress like hooker’s, The guy’s most of the time have got tattoo’s, pearcing’s, multi colored or shaved hair, and all of them have truck load’s of drama not to say most have a drug problem.

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