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Oregonians weigh in on raising minimum wage

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Lawmakers in Salem are once again considering a plan to raise Oregon's minimum wage.

Monday was one of the final chances for people to offer testimony on the hot topic.

Some Oregonians say a big hike in minimum wage is needed so that workers can rise out of poverty and support their families. But people who oppose it say it would hurt small businesses.

People against it also say Oregon already has one of the highest minimum wages in the country, with a provision that allows Oregon's minimum wage to rise with the cost of living.

The House Committee on Business and Labor held a public hearing on Feb. 15 giving people the opportunity to express their feelings on what should be done.

"When minimum wage goes up, everything goes up. When you raise the bottom, everything else above that has to go up, or they drop off. Businesses that can't handle it are going to drop off," said business owner Mitch Teal.

FOX 12 spoke with another business owner who said she tries her best to pay a living wage and believes it is doable.

"In general, I think it's exaggerated how much the labor component actually adds to the final cost. I know my numbers. I do what it takes to pay a living wage and it's absolutely doable," said Crystal Beasley.

On Tuesday, small business owners from across the state will be able to meet with legislators to give their final thoughts on the possibility of boosting the minimum wage.

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