SUTHERLIN Ore. —Restaurateur Dave Pedotti, who has laid off one employee and cut workers’ hours to try to control labor costs, has been talking to every Oregon legislator who will listen to him in hopes of getting some relief from the minimum-wage increase set to go into effect in January. Like industry members in nine other states and at least two cities where the minimum wage is indexed to inflation, Pedotti is facing a substantial increase in labor costs at a time when ...
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