Universities rethink student jobs in light of minimum wage hike

Thousands of student workers will be eligible for the minimum wage increase, which will cost the state’s universities millions of dollars.

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“This is a big hit,” Di Saunders, Oregon Institute of Technology’s associate vice president of communications, said in an email.

The law also comes as universities budget for a two-year funding cycle with an expectation that the state financial picture will take a significant turn for the worse, driven in part by massive public-pension obligations.

“It creates some tough choices,” Steve Clark, Oregon State University’s spokesman said of additional minimum-wage costs.

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