Kate: Is it coercion or compassion?

By Steve Buckstein
To the Enterprise

Picture two Oregon workers. One, a highly skilled and educated woman named Kate, earns well over $40 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. The other – a younger, less skilled, and less educated woman also named Kate – has a job that pays her Oregon’s minimum wage rate of $9.25 per hour.

The first Kate happens to be the governor of Oregon. She, along with some of her colleagues in the Legislature and activists on the campaign trail, believe that the second Kate should be paid as much as $15 per hour by law, depending on where she lives.

Wanting our second Kate to earn more is commendable; but forcing Kate’s employer to pay her more than he or she can afford, or more than Kate may be worth to their business, is . . .