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Small Businesses Wary Of Oregon's Increased Minimum Wage

Small business owners in Oregon say they are worried about how the first of a series of minimum wage increases will affect both their profits and their employees.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that Oregon’s minimum wage on Friday jumps from $9.25 an hour to $9.75 in Oregon counties with a mix of urban and rural areas. It is the first of seven annual increases that will raise the minimum wage to $13.50 minimum wage in the summer of 2022 in mixed areas, $14.75 in Portland and $12.50 in nonurban areas.

In Benton County, owners of restaurants, farms, retail establishments and nonprofits say the increased labor cost will likely be passed to the consumer or jobs will be cut.


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