- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek says she plans to introduce a bill raising the statewide minimum wage slightly and letting local governments raise it even higher.

The Portland Democrat said Monday that she’s working out the details and will make her plan public later this week.

Labor unions and other left-leaning interest groups have made raising the minimum wage to $15 a top priority. It’s stagnated in the Legislature as Democrats have moved forward with other workplace issues, including mandatory paid sick leave for most employees.

Business interests vehemently oppose raising the minimum wage or allowing cities to do so, saying many businesses can’t afford it.

Kotek’s effort faces long odds. Democrats in the Senate have been much more skeptical of raising the minimum wage than their counterparts in the House.

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