SALEM, Ore. – Some lawmakers are pushing Oregon to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour.
They voiced support Wednesday for House Bill 2009 and Senate Bill 332.
Oregon's minimum wage currently sits at $9.25.
Advocates for increasing it, like Representative Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), say $9.25 is simply not enough money for thousands of people to make a living.
The group '15 Now' also says increasing the minimum wage will raise income for more than 500,000 working Oregonians, which will lead to fewer people on public assistance and will boost the local economy.
Critics argue raising the minimum wage to $15 would hurt small businesses, create inflation and cause some people to lose their jobs because their employers would not be able to afford to pay them.