The Portland Tribune published an article yesterday:
Business quiet on minimum wage rules.
There was a Public Hearing on the rules proposal for the minimum wage law on April 25th at 2pm at the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) in Portland. The opening line to this article: “The business community was nearly absent from a public hearing Monday on draft rules for how itinerant employees will be paid under Oregon’s new regional minimum wage law.”
Here’s another quote: “I was actually hoping there would be more business owners here so I could hear their concerns,” said Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, who was active in developing the new minimum wage law.
It’s a very simple reason as to why the “business community” didn’t show up: we were working. But, there’s another reason… we – the small business and farming community – collectively showed up at every available hearing for this minimum wage bill and many other bills that would affect us over the past few legislative sessions in Salem and we weren’t heard. We weren’t heard then, and there’s no reason to drive to Portland in the middle of a work day to not be heard now.
That sounds like I’ve given up, I assure you I haven’t. I will be writing comments and submitting them by the due date. I just honestly couldn’t believe that the ONE public hearing would be during the workday and in Portland… And then for the Portland Tribune to start off the article that way, well, frustrating doesn’t begin to explain it. In the possibility that Senator Dembrow takes to account what actual Oregonians think, you can write out your thoughts: Written comments are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 23 at 5:00 PM.
For more information and the back ground of how the new minimum wage laws will affect small business and the rural communities, see these blogs:
Conversation About Minimum Wage Continues in Salem
No to Raising Oregon’s Minimum Wage
Why Raising Oregon’s Minimum Wage is a Bad Idea
Minimum Wage, Rural Oregon and Agriculture
I am Oregon Business – a follow up to the Minimum Wage hearing