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Hales calls for federal minimum wage increase

Mayor Charlie Hales called for a federal minimum wage of $10.10 an hour in an op-ed piece posted on the Portland Tribune website on Friday.

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.10. But Hales says that is not enough to fight rising income equality — and nor is Oregon's minimum wage of $9.10 an hour.

"If we don’t tackle inequity, our country is in trouble. We are not the America of the American Dream and that’s a scary prospect. We can and must do better," Hales wrote.

Hales' piece was posted on Oct. 10, when he joined 64 other mayors from across the nation and political spectrum to urge Congress to increase the pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would increase earnings for nearly 28 million workers across the country.

Hales' full piece can be found at portlandtribune.com/pt/10-opinion/236656-102149-close-the-income-gap-with-a-1010-minimum-wage

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