Oregon currently has one of the highest state minimum wage rates in the U.S. at $9.25 an hour. That’s still a tough amount to live on and state lawmakers have decided they can do better.
The Associated Press reports legislators approved a bill Thursday that would raise the Oregon minimum wage to as much as $14.75 in some areas by 2022. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she plans to sign it into law.
While Portland will see the largest increase, the law actually has two other rates; $13.50 for smaller cities like Salem and Eugene, and then $12.50 for rural areas. Much of Eastern Oregon is farmland and legislators from that region felt the area’s lower cost of living warranted a lower minimum wage.
The passage of the bill was apparently a wild day at the Oregon Legislature, according to OregonLive. Multiple protesters were ejected from the chamber after calling for a higher $15 rate. Another group staged a sit-in in the governor’s office, chanting “black lives matter" and "restore local control,” according to OregonLive. Guess you can’t win them all.