Is it time for a new minimum wage fight in Oregon?

July 13, 2023

On July 1, workers in one region of Oregon achieved what once seemed an inspired goal. The minimum wage in the Portland metro area — not in the rest of the state — crossed the $15 an hour level. But this milestone arrived more than a decade after workers across the country began demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage.

In this episode of Policy for the People, we examine how much actual progress Oregon’s minimum wage workers have made since the legislature established a new minimum wage law seven years ago.

We finish with a brief discussion on a big win for Oregon’s most vulnerable children: the legislature’s decision to establish the Oregon Kids' Credit, a new state child tax credit.

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