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Portland Mayor proposes minimum wage increase

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Mayor Charlie Hales proposes minimum wage increase. Mayor Charlie Hales proposes minimum wage increase.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales spoke at the "State of the City" address and proposed an increase to the minimum wage. 

Hales proposed that the minimum wage for all city workers and contractors to be increased to $15 per hour. 

Oregon's minimum wage is currently the second highest in the country at $9.25 an hour. 

Hales also proposed a $5,000 tax credit for businesses that hire people with felony records. 

He also spoke about the city's troubled roads, calling the situation "serious."

"We do have an unfunded street liability. It's $1.5 billion," Hales said. "It amounts to $2,500 for every man, woman, and child in Portland and it's getting bigger. It's growing by $12.5 million a month."

Hales said that the Street Fee Plan has been put on hold for now, while city leaders and lawmakers in Salem come up with a plan for road projects state wide. 

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