RAISE MINIMUM WAGE: phase out exemptions, raise to at least $10.10 an hour, index to inflation, then work towards a livable wage of $15 an hour.
Stine gives Wyden credit for being consistent in standing behind various issues even if they put the senator at odds with Democrats. But the issues Wyden has stood behind include international trade deals that have cost jobs, Stine said. He cited a Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute analysis that found Oregon was one of the hardest hit states in the country for job losses because of various trade deals since 2001. The Institute's report claimed 3.2 million jobs were lost nationwide since China joined the World Trade Organization that helped push up the U.S. trade deficit.
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