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Ore. minimum wage not likely to rise in 2010

After a bump of 45 cents this year, Oregon's minimum-wage workers are unlikely to get a raise in 2010.
/ Source: KMTR-TV

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - After a bump of 45 cents this year, Oregon's minimum-wage workers are unlikely to get a raise in 2010. Next month, the state will recalculate the minimum wage, which is indexed to the Consumer Price Index. The index is the common measure of inflation, and it has been down about 2 percent recently. The recalculation won't be done until federal officials report the August inflation numbers, expected Sept. 16. But state officials say the figures are pointing to no increase in the minimum wage, which now is at $8.40. Under state law, the minimum wage rises with inflation, and raises are effective at the beginning of the year. There's no provision for reducing it if inflation falls. Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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