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Oregon basic family budget calculator

Oregon basic family budget calculator

Published by Oregon Center for Public Policy How much income do families across Oregon need to get by? The federal poverty guidelines, unfortunately, provide an unsatisfactory answer. It’s widely recognized that the official definition of poverty, developed in the early 1960s, is outdated and flawed. Under that definition, families are poor when their income is […]

How the EITC benefits everyone

How the EITC benefits everyone

Originally published Oregon Center for Public Policy EITC Awareness Day highlights one of the most important federal tax credits, the Earned Income Tax Credit. Hopefully, this day will also draw attention to the need for the 2013 Oregon legislature to extend Oregon’s own EITC, which is currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2013. […]

Minimum wage increase for Oregonians means $312 annually

Minimum wage increase for Oregonians means $312 annually

…Oregon minimum-wage workers will enjoy the second highest state minimum wage in the nation. Only the state of Washington will have a higher state minimum wage. Oregon’s northern neighbor, which also automatically increases its minimum wage according to the cost of living, will see its minimum hourly wage rise to $9.19 on January 1.
As of January 1, Oregon will be one of 19 states plus the District of Columbia with a minimum wage above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which is not scheduled to increase.