Oregon governor asks for huge minimum wage hikes

This is life on $7.50 an hour
This is life on $7.50 an hour

Oregon's governor has proposed wage hikes that would set hourly pay at a minimum of $13.50 by 2022.

Gov. Kate Brown is pushing a new, two-tiered system that would increases wages in Portland to $15.52 over the next six years, while other areas would have a minimum of $13.50.

The state's current minimum wage is $9.25.

If approved by state legislators, Oregon would join a growing list of states that are boosting minimum-wage paychecks. Thirteen states, including California, Nebraska and Vermont, are set to bolster their minimum wages in 2016.

Related: New York seals deal on $15 minimum fast food wage

Activists have been pushing for minimum wages nationwide to be raised to $15.

Following the examples set by San Francisco and Seattle, 14 cities, counties and state governments have approved a hike to $15, according to the National Employment Law Project.

In most places, the increase to $15 is being phased in over a few years to give businesses a little time to adjust.

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