Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Raise Minimum Wage

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Oregon lawmakers have set the state on course for a higher minimum wage.

On Thursday, the state’s House of Representatives voted 32-26 to raise the wage, which currently sits at $9.25 per hour.

While the bill will increase the minimum wage across the state, the extra cash workers will receive depends on where they are.

For instance, the Portland metropolitan area will begin with a minimum of $9.75 that will rise to $14.75 by 2022.

Jackson, Josephine, Deschutes, Wasco and Hood River counties, as well as the Willamette Valley Northwest Oregon, will start at the same rate as Portland but increase to $13.50 by 2022.

Workers in rural counties will get a minimum of $9.50 in July, going up to $12.50 by 2022.

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SOURCE: CNN, Robert Mclean