Portland Mayor Charlie Hales laid out a progressive agenda in his third State of the City speech at the Portland City Club last Friday. He called for raising the minimum wage for full-time city employees to $15 an hour, and providing more affordable housing. He also pledged to house all homeless veterans. Hales said he wants to provide tax credits to businesses that hire ex-convicts.
Other proposals include more walking police patrols and a new psychiatric emergency center. Hales also introduced a new way for Portlanders to track the progress on the city’s goals: a digital dashboard. The mayor also mentioned the street fund, which he and transportation commissioner Steve Novick had been working on for much of 2014.
We’ll sit down with Mayor Hales at City Hall and dig into the details of these topics, and more.
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