Oregon’s minimum wage will rise 15 cents, to $9.25 an hour, on Jan. 1, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Wednesday.
But shortly after revealing the increase, which is tied to the federal Consumer Price Index, the state’s top labor official said he’d push the Oregon Legislature in January to boost the minimum wage beyond annual inflation growth, arguing that it would take a minimum wage of slightly more than $12 per hour to lift a family of four above the poverty line.
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian stopped short of explicitly advocating for a $12 minimum wage. But he said meager increases based on inflation don’t reflect the disparity between employee pay and the cost of feeding a family.
“We have to realize who the minimum-wage worker is today,” Avakian said. “It’s no longer a student working a few hours after school to make a little extra cash. Fifty-two percent of minimum-wage workers nationally are women, and many are over the age of 30 with children at home. I think now is a good time for Oregon to take a step back and have another discussion about whether any person working full-time should be living in poverty.”
Brad doesn't seem to realize that increasingly, people working minimum-wage jobs are doing that because they're part-timers, and many are working not one, but two part-time minimum-wage jobs because of the very policies he advocates.
As a direct result of Obamacare mandates, "full-time" employment has been defined downward from forty hours a week to thirty, leading many employers to cut hours to 29 a week to avoid penalties associated with Obamacare. Nanny Pelosi, never in touch with the real world, who famously informed us that they had to pass the bill so that we could find out what was in it, has since claimed that a thirty-hour work-week is a good thing for Americans because it will allow them time to pursue their passions.
For many, those passions involve a roof and food on a table, and that means that they're now working two part-time jobs at less pay to make things work. As usual, Nanny and Brad's good intentions have had the effect of making more people miserable. Not that it matters, because in the world of Democratics, it's the thought that counts.