Oregon Center for Public Policy

Recorded On: October 27, 2017

Air Date: October 30, 2017

The income gap separating the average working family from the very rich is widening in Oregon. In 2015, the top 1 percent earned more income than the bottom half of all Oregonians combined.

Data from the Oregon Department of Revenue shows that in 1980, the average income of the highest-earning one tenth of one percent was 26 times that of middle income Oregonians. In 2015, it was 126 times that of middle income Oregonians.

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Oregon’s income inequality gap has never been wider, says a group that analyzes tax and budget issues. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Despite economic growth, the number of Oregonians living in poverty is higher than it was during the 2008 recession. The Oregon Center for Public Policy has released poverty figures for 2013. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has more.

Oregon's Minimum Wage Set To Increase in 2014

Dec 26, 2013
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Nearly 100,000 Oregonians will see an increase in their wages beginning January 1st. Those making the current $8.95 will soon be making $9.10 an hour.

Legislation passed in 2002 matches the State’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. The increase is projected to generate more than $20 million in new economic activity. Charlie Burr is the Communications Director for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. He says most small business owners don’t complain about the increase.