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Gov. Brown announces proposal for Oregon minimum wage increase

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday morning a proposal to increase minimum wage standards throughout Oregon, starting in 2017.

The plan calls for a two-tiered minimum wage increase gradually over the next six years, according to a press release.

Gov. Brown said the proposal calls for a higher minimum wage increase in the Portland metropolitan area, where the economy is growing more rapidly.

"The costs of essentials such as food, child care, and rent are rising so fast that wages can't keep up," said Governor Brown. "Many Oregonians working full-time can't make ends meet, and that's not right."

Officials said those within Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary would expect a 15 percent increase above statewide minimum wage, raising it to $15.52 by 2022.

Outside of the Portland Urban Growth area, the wage would be raised to $10.25 in 2017 and increase to $13.50 by 2022, according to the governor's office. 

According to officials, the minimum wage would return to the current rate of increase after 2022, in conjunction with the Consumer Price Index. 

The plan will be brought for debate during the 2016 legislative session in February.

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