Oregon workers are getting a bump in the minimum wage but will also pay a new statewide transit tax. Workers in the Portland area on Sunday saw the minimum wage jump to $12 per hour, or a 75-cent increase. While workers in Marion and Polk counties got a 50 cent bump as the rate increases to $10.75 per hour, in more rural parts of the state employees got a 50 cent increase to $10.50 The Legislature in 2016 approved a set of increases in the minimum wage until 2022, when the wage will be tied to inflation. Oregon workers will now also pay a transit tax. The tax of $1 per $1,000 —will be withheld from workers’ wages. That tax took effect Sunday. It pays for public transportation projects and improvements statewide.
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