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Portland will tax public companies where CEO pay is 100 times employee average

Steve Novick, a former environmental lawyer and outgoing city commissioner, outside city hall in Portland, Ore., Dec. (Leah Nash/The New York Times)

The surcharge, called the first of its kind in the U.S., is hailed by backers as a step against income inquality. Critics call it ‘an empty gesture’ and say the city instead should focus on creating more jobs.

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