Oregon's Labor Commissioner testifying in Congress

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing in support of raising the federal minimum wage.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. It would now be $10.59 an hour if it had kept up with inflation during the past 40 years. Under Oregon’s voter-approved law, the state’s minimum wage is affected by the consumer price index. It increased to $8.95 at the beginning of this year. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian will be the lead witness at a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday.

“We really do have a stronger economy and a more robust middle class when we make sure that workers have the purchasing power to buy local goods and services. That has been based, in our experience, in using the Consumer Price Index as the gauge to appropriately increase our minimum wage when inflation goes up.”

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