On Oregon’s 2016 political to-do list sits a high-profile issue that could shape the state’s economy: The minimum wage.
At $9.25, our state’s minimum wage is the nation’s second-highest. But rising wealth inequality and an aging minimum wage worker demographic is causing some to champion higher pay. Currently about 40 percent of working Oregonians (and 35 percent of the Portland metro workforce) earn less than $15/hour. And more than one-third of those workers are in the hospitality sector.
On this week’s Biz503, our topic is Oregon’s minimum wage. We’ll be looking at the question at the heart of the wage hike discussion: Will raising the minimum wage help lift people out of poverty, or will it harm the local economy?
Rebecca Alexander, Development Director at Bradley Angle
Julie Hayden, Janitor at Portland International Airport
Amy Callahan,Director of Communications and Advancement at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.
Suzanne Stevens, Editor at the Portland Business Journal
Claire Randall, Co-Owner of Grand Central Baking
Deborah Field, Owner of Paperjam Press
Bill Perry, Representative for the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
Jamie Partridge, 15 Now PDX
Ian McDonald, City Club of Portland
Listen to the podcast of Biz503 for January 8, 2016, here:
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