When passing the National Industrial Recovery Act, which established the minimum wage in the United States, Roosevelt argued that minimum wage should be a "Living Wage". He was clear what he meant.
"...By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level-I mean the wages of decent living."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
With rising housing costs, stagnant wages and inflation, we are not living up to FDR's vision. Oregonians earning minimum wage are not earning the wages for a decent living.
Current Oregon law has increased minimum wage in the state to $12.75/hour, and will increase it again this July to $13.50/hour. I support these increases, and will advocate for further increases to the minimum wage to help hard-working Oregonians keep a greater share of the value they earn for their employers.
As a former small business owner, I know that growing expenses can add challenges in keeping a business running. We can help ease the transition for our small businesses through a grant program to help cover the difference.