PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon workers who make the minimum wage will not be getting a raise in 2016.
Oregon’s minimum wage is re-calculated each year because of a state law passed by voters in 2002 that ties the minimum wage to inflation.
Labor Commission Brad Avakian says inflation as measured by the federal Consumer Price Index was not high enough to trigger an increase in pay for 2016.
Oregon’s minimum-wage workers will continue to make $9.25 per hour.
Avakian says the CPI does not capture cost increases such as skyrocketing rents in Portland. He says it’s time for the state Legislature to boost the minimum wage, perhaps to $13.50 an hour.