State and local elections were replete with minimum wage ballot issues in a host of venues across the country this week.  We can report on some good results, some not so good, and some activities to be highlighted in the future.  On the positive side of the ledger, the voters in Portland Maine rejected a ballot proposal to double the state minimum wage in Portland by a resounding 58% – 42% margin.  The proposal would have increased the current $7.50 to $15 by July of 2017 for those businesses with 500 employees nationwide while others wouldn’t have been required to pay that figure for an additional two years.  Notwithstanding the victory at the polls, the city minimum will increase to $10.10 this January as a result of an earlier vote by the Council and approval by the Mayor.  Additionally, activists were out in Maine election-day to collect signatures endorsing a $12 minimum wage question on the statewide ballot in 2016.  News reports state they collected some 90,000, while the minimum required was 63,000+, so it will be on the ballot again in November, 2016.  Philadelphia voters elected former Councilor Jim Kenny as their Mayor with an astounding 85% of the vote to businesswoman challenger Melissa Murray Bailey’s 13%.  Kenny has stated that the current $12 minimum wage is not sufficient and that he will be pushing for an increase in the minimum once elected.  Unfortunately, he hasn’t deigned to let anyone know what kind of number he is thinking about.