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Minimum wage earners will see a 10¢ increase per hour this year.  The increase is because in 2002 voters approved tying the minimum wage to inflation.   Workers will now get $8.40 an hour. The federal wage is $7.25 an hour.   Policy Analyst Anne Thompson is with the national employment law project. Oregon is going to be among 17 states above the federal level. It’s part of a growing and tide of states that acknowledge federal level not enough. Oregon has always been a leader in minimum wage policy. Founder of the Deschutes Brewery, Gary Fish thinks the mandatory increase hurts business. “Every time we are forced to give a raise it makes it harder for us to give a rise to those who don't get tips. I mean everything has a trade off.” Fish says the mandatory increase makes it more difficult to get pay raises to non minimum wage earners.

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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