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Salem Chamber speaks out against proposed minimum wage increase

Wednesday, January 27, 2016  
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce went on the record with an overwhelming "no" on raising Oregon's minimum wage, saying it would continue to vigorously oppose any efforts to artificially raise minimum wage in the state.

In a recent letter to the Senate Workforce and General Government House Business and Labor committees, Chamber CEO stated the chamber's opposition to raising the minimum wage, noting that "the likely result of a substantial payroll increase on our small business members will be higher costs, slimmer margins and a lessened ability to compete across multiple markets. Higher payroll will result in higher costs all along the supply chain, which in turn will raise prices of products for consumers."


In an accompanying background piece, the chamber notes that Oregon's historically high minimum wage has not helped Oregon workers. Since 2002, when an automatic indexing provision went into law to adjust minimum wage annually based on inflation, the average Oregon worker makes 92 cents on the dollar to the average US worker – a difference of over $3,200 annually. 



View more Oregon minimum wage statistics from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

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