Oregon’s minimum wage will rise from $8.40 to $8.50 on January 1, 2011. The adjustment prescribed by Measure 25 — approved by voters in 2002 — reflects the increased cost of living over the past year as defined by the August Consumer Price Index.
The automatic annual adjustment gives employers a predictable, modest change. For workers, it avoids long periods when the minimum wage loses purchasing power between corrections by the voters or the legislature.
The minimum wage increase will kick in just in time to help cushion the impact of a 6-cent per gallon (25 percent) rise in the gasoline tax.