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Wage hikes put taxpayers, small business at risk

The state, particularly rural Eastern Oregon, faces a veritable parade of horribles in the proposals for increasing the state’s minimum wage.

The public employee unions demand a higher minimum wage, and have made it clear that they will take that cause to the voters if legislators don’t dance to their tune. At a time when we need strong leadership and common sense, Gov. Kate Brown is looking more like a conciliator than a leader. Her efforts thus far seem more aimed at appeasing the unions than taking charge of this conversation and stuffing a bad idea back in its box.

What’s missing throughout the discussion is an option for “no change.” It seems a foregone conclusion that Oregon will raise its minimum wage, thanks to the unilateral decision of the unions. So the question being debated now in Salem is not whether . . .