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Local business owner plans ahead for minimum wage increase

Espresso Roma on June 27, 2017 in Eugene, Ore. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon’s minimum wage will increase this next month, taking affect July 1.

Local business, like Café Siena near the University of Oregon campus, say they aren’t too worried.

“Since it's new management, I got some new ideas. I want to do some specials and whatnot. So we can make it less of an impact on the gross of the place it's making,” said Ricardo Gomez, the manager at Café Siena.

Gomez has been working there for three years, stepping into his father's footsteps.

“Older manager was actually my dad. He brought in a bunch of Mexican food in here too and it’s been a mix of all three for the longest time and I am just trying to keep it that way for now,” said Gomez.

Gomez also works for Espresso Roma, which is located right down the street. They are both owned by the same person and have been open for more than 25 years.

Gomez has to cut some of his employee’s hours during the summer, but he isn’t worried about the wage increase affecting them so much during the fall.

“It’s perfect because it’s the summer time and it’s going to get a little slower after the two weeks of classes here, so as long as the workers are happy, including myself, then we will be good,” said Gomez.

The minimum wage will go up 50 cents every year until 2019 and then increase 75 cents every year until the 22 here in Lane County.

The minimum wage in Portland metro area will increase to $11.25, standard counties will increase to $10.25 and smaller, rural counties at $10.

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