Both Governor Brown and the Democratic leadership of state legislature have publicly stated that raising the minimum wage is a priority for the 2016 short session, which only lasts for 5 weeks. Unfortunately, there was not a single Oregon legislator who was willing to submit a bill for a statewide $15 minimum wage. There are two plans, however, that are being considered. One would raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 over three years and repeal the preemption law that prevents cities from increasing their own minimum wage. The other plan, proposed by Governor Brown this past week, leaves the preemption in place and creates two regional minimum wages.
The first region in Governor Brown’s proposal would reach a minimum wage of $15.52 by 2022. This region would be composed of the Portland area as defined by the urban growth boundaries. According to the Portland Tribune, it means that the following cities and surrounding unincorporated areas would move to a minimum wage of $15.52 under the governor’s plan:
Portland, Hillsboro, Gresham, Beaverton, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Troutdale, West Linn, Forest Grove, Cornelius, Wood Village, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Fairview, Happy Valley, Damascus, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Gladstone, Johnson City, Maywood Park, King City, Durham and Rivergrove. [Read more…]