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Progress – and we’ll keep fighting

by Jessica Vega Pederson

“Can I afford our rent or do I have to live out of my car?”

“Can I afford to take the bus home or do I have to walk home in the dark?”

“Can I afford to feed my kids a decent dinner tonight?”

One-third of our neighbors in Multnomah County don’t earn enough to meet their basic needs and have to wrestle with these questions.

The minimum wage increase that passed in the Oregon legislature last week may seem small to some — but a $5 an hour increase is life-changing for the lowest wage workers in our community.

If we leave things the way they are, these workers — and their children — are in danger of falling through the cracks.

I understand that many Portlanders are disappointed that the minimum wage raise doesn’t go far enough, fast enough, but it's a step in the right direction. We still have a lot of work left to do.

As Multnomah County Commissioner, I won’t stop fighting for opportunity for everyone.

Posted on February 23, 2016.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

I'm running for Multnomah County Commissioner because I believe everyone in our region deserves a fair shot. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!.

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