- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Backers of a ballot measure for a $15 minimum wage have pulled the plug on their campaign now that the governor has signed a bill that will increase the minimum in Portland to nearly $15 in six years and bring smaller increases to other parts of the state.

Sponsors of the measure said Monday that passage of the minimum wage bill signed into law last week resulted in a significant decline in support of their efforts.

The current hourly minimum wage is $9.25.

Under the new law Portland’s minimum will rise to $14.75 by 2022, smaller cities to $13.50 and rural areas to $12.50. The first increases will occur in July, when the minimum goes up by 50 cents in Portland and smaller cities and 25 cents in rural communities.

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