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Ore. may get two-tiered minimum wage

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Thursday unveiled a proposal that would raise the minimum wage for the Portland metro area and the rest of the state at two different rates, The Oregonian/OregonLIVE reports.

The plan would phase in an hourly wage of $15.52 for Portland and $13.50 for the rest of Oregon by 2022, some of the highest minimum-wage rates being considered across the country.

The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association is speaking out against the proposal, saying it would result in “tens of thousands” of job losses since it doesn’t account for a tip credit, The Oregonian/OregonLIVE says.

"If Oregon lawmakers pass a $13.50 minimum wage, it will mark a sad day for the Oregonians who need jobs the most,” the association’s CEO, Jason Brandt, said in a statement referenced by the news outlet.  

Portland voters rejected a measure late last year that would have increased the city’s minimum wage to $15 for nontipped employees and $11.25 for those who receive tips.

Read the full story via The Oregonian/OregonLIVE.

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