Can we afford fewer jobs?
As you may know, there are several measures related to minimum wage scheduled for a joint hearing Monday, April 13th at 6:00pm in House Business and Labor and Senate Workforce.
For your convenience, attached is a document that you can print or distribute electronically explaining how to testify. Listed below is some information on the hearing itself.
Click on this link for a report on how just a $12.00 minimum wage will effect Oregonians. This is lower than most of the Bills being proposed. The study indicates that Oregon could lose 52,500 jobs. This report is well worth the time it takes to read it. It's 21 pages long, but includes a lot of graphs.
Bills being heard:
House Bill 2004 – Repeals state preemption of charter and statutory authority of local governments to set minimum wage requirements.
House Bill 2008 – Increases Oregon minimum wage rate in graduated steps through 2017.
House Bill 2009 – Increases Oregon minimum wage rate in graduated steps to $15 per hour by 2018.
House Bill 2012 – Increases Oregon minimum wage rate in graduated steps to $13.50 per hour by 2017.
Senate Bill 327 - Increases Oregon minimum wage rate in graduated steps through 2017.
Senate Bill 597 - Increases Oregon minimum wage rate in graduated steps to $13.50 per hour by 2017.
Senate Bill 610 - Increases Oregon minimum wage rate in graduated steps to $15 per hour by 2018.
Senate Bill 682 – Increases Oregon minimum wage rate to $10.75 on January 1, 2016.
Senate Bill 130 - Repeals state preemption of charter and statutory authority of local governments to set minimum wage requirements.
Senate Bill 332 - Repeals state preemption of charter and statutory authority of local governments to set minimum wage requirements.
Date/Time: Monday, April 13th at 6:00pm (Testimony sign-ups will begin at 5:30pm)
Location: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, Hearing Room F
Overflow: Other hearing rooms will be opened for overflow. Those waiting to testify can wait in an overflow room and make their way to Hearing Room F as their names are called.
Parking: Street parking around the Capitol costs $1.50 per hour but is unenforced after 6:00pm.
Sign-Up: Testimony sign-up sheets will be available at 5:30pm outside Hearing Room F. There will be sheets designated for those in support of the measures and sheets designated for those in opposition. Please note a timer will be used and testimony will likely be limited to three minutes per person. There will be no call-in/Skype option for this hearing. Anyone who is unable to attend the hearing but would like to submit testimony may submit written testimony for the record.
Submitting written testimony: Written testimony may be submitted for disbursement to committee members by email to the Committee Administrator, Jan Nordlund at firstname.lastname@example.org. Written testimony may also be submitted to committee staff at the hearing in hard copy form. It will then be scanned and made available to committee members online.
Committee Member Contact Information:
- House Committee on Business & Labor
- Chair: Rep. Paul Holvey – email@example.com
- Vice Chair: Rep. Brent Barton – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice Chair: Rep. Bill Kennemer – email@example.com
- Rep. Greg Barreto – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Margaret Doherty – email@example.com
- Rep. Sal Esquivel – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Paul Evans – email@example.com
- Rep. Shemia Fagan – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Dallas Heard – email@example.com
- Rep. Rob Nosse – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Jim Weidner – email@example.com
- Senate Committee on Workforce
- Chair: Sen. Michael Dembrow – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice Chair: Sen. Kim Thatcher – email@example.com
- Sen. Sara Gelser – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Diane Rosenbaum – email@example.com