Brown’s Revised Wage Proposal Criticized at First Hearing

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon lawmakers have held their first public hearing on Gov. Kate Brown’s scaled-back minimum wage proposal, and it immediately ran into criticism.

Legislators met Tuesday at the Capitol in a room packed with union officials, business people, residents, local government leaders and others wanting to weigh in on whether Oregon’s minimum wage should be increased, by how much and where, and over what period time.

Brown last week revised her earlier minimum wage hike proposal by calling for smaller increases that would be implemented sooner.

But opponents still criticized the revised plan on Tuesday, saying it would hurt small businesses, cost jobs and hamper rural economies. Proponents said they were unsure if the revised plan would be enough to thwart two aggressive proposals for the November ballot.

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