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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, pictured at the Portland airport during President Biden's visit in April, agreed this week to move up state workers' scheduled cost-of-living pay raises by several months. Her administration cited inflation and also authorized hiring and promotion bonuses to attract more job applicants.

State workers in Oregon will start receiving their 3.1% cost-of-living raises four months early and the state will pay 5% hiring and promotion bonuses, under agreements authorized by Gov. Kate Brown this week.