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