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Analysis eyes wage hike impacts

The Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office recently released a report outlining the potential effects of increasing the minimum wage in Oregon.

Oregon, at $9.25 per hour since January 2015, is one of 29 states with a minimum wage that exceeds the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Some states are experimenting with more than one wage level, as is being considered now by Oregon legislators.

Minnesota, beginning in August, will have a minimum wage of $9 per hour for employers with annual sales volumes of $500,000 or more. For those employers making under the $500,000 mark, the wage will be $7.25 per hour.

Oregon Employment Department figures show that nearly 6 percent of all jobs in the state paid Oregon’s minimum wage – then $9.10 per hour – in the first quarter of 2014. Malheur County . . .