It seems to be a topic that just won’t go away, but there is still more activity to report on relative to minimum wage increases across the country. In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in her state of the District address that she will file legislation to mandate a minimum wage of $15/hour by the year 2020. The district’s City Council increased the minimum wage 3 years ago, but that bill was vetoed by then-Mayor Vincent Gray. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been frequently attending union rallies to push for a $15/hour wage throughout New York, may be starting to realize there is a price to dramatic increases in labor costs. This week, he suggested that he is inclined to carve out farmers from the minimum wage requirement he’s aggressively been advocating. The impact of the blanket $15 an hour wage is believed to be especially challenging to many upstate New York businesses. Advocates in California succeeded this week in certifying the over 400,000 signatures necessary to put a statewide increase before the voters this November. The initiative, known as the Fair Wage Act of 2016, seeks voter approval to increase the state minimum of $10 by 50% to $15/hour within the next five years (by 2021). Regardless, last month, both Pasadena and Santa Monica adopted local ordinances increasing the minimums to $13.25/hour on July 1, 2018. At this juncture, only a proposal to increase the Maine minimum wage to $12 an hour will go on the ballot this November as the democrat-controlled House just yesterday blocked an effort by business interests to put a more moderate $10 minimum wage question before the voters. Although the issue may still be alive in the republican-controlled senate, how it gets cleared for the ballot remains to be seen. Minimum wage news wasn’t all bad however, as a Delaware legislative proposal to hike the $8.25 hourly minimum by $2 failed to gain support in the House Economic Development Committee. S.39, which had already passed the state senate, would have increased the current minimum in four 50-cent increments beginning next June thereby bringing the minimum state wage to $10.25 by 2021. The bill appears dead for this session.