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New laws kicking in July 8th will give a slight boost to the paychecks of more than 100,000 low-income Oregonians while tourists and vacationers will have a little less spending money.
The changes, enacted by the Legislature earlier this year, will almost double Oregon’s 1 percent tax on hotel stays and raise the current $9.25 hourly minimum wage by 50 cents in metro Portland and smaller cities such as Eugene and Salem and 25 cents in rural areas.
The lodging tax increase will help create a $25 million-subsidy for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships in Eugene and increase state tourism funds.
Gradual wage increases will occur annually through 2022, when metro Portland’s minimum will top $14.75, smaller cities at $13.50 and rural areas at $12.50.
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