SALEM — Democrats began the legislative session eager to tackle workplace reforms: raising the minimum wage, mandating paid sick leave and preventing employers from disqualifying applicants based on their criminal history.
Well, they did manage to ban homosexual "conversion therapy", so there's that. As for their other hoped-for accomplishments: it's really not government's job to "tackle workplace reforms" unless they directly impact employee or public safety. And in fact, their desire to "ban the box" was a straight-up assault upon employee and public safety. I certainly don't want Charlie Manson or his pals running around with power tools because an employer was banned from looking into their criminal backgrounds.
And as has been noted here before, that beloved $15 minimum wage and mandatory paid leave would simply dump more people onto the unemployment line as automation incentives take out their jobs. It's good to see that even with their complete control of all branches of Oregon state government, Democratics haven't managed to achieve their goals.