The issue of minimum wage increases continues to generate much by way of news and headlines around the country.  In Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) was back in court this past week formally appealing an earlier decision by a lower court that denied their motion for an injunction against the Seattle minimum wage law.  The Seattle law, which requires businesses to pay a $15 minimum wage under different timeframes depending on their size, discriminates against small franchise businesses solely because they are part of a franchise system.  The appeal was filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Over in the Midwest, business and other interests opposed to the minimum wage increases just approved by the city council of Kansas City have gathered enough signatures to place the question on the city ballot.  The city ordinance would require a minimum wage of $8.50 (vs. the state minimum of $7.65), increasing annually to $13/hour by the year 2020.  Similarly, opposition to the fast food minimum wage being foisted upon restaurants throughout New York by Governor Andrew Cuomo is becoming more visible and vocal as they have begun erecting billboard advertisements in opposition to the anticipated wage hike.  As yet, that recommendation has not been formally implemented by the state Labor Commissioner.  We also took note of two other interesting story lines.  First, Wal-Mart, which had originally been a major target of the SEIU-financed “Fight for $15” until they announced company-wide increases in minimum wages, has now quietly been cutting the hours available to their employees, presumably to compensate for the increases in labor costs that resulted from the higher minimums!  And lastly, union driven negotiations may be underway in the City of Milwaukee for their NBA franchise Milwaukee Bucks to set a “wage floor” of $15/hour.  The catch? The union hopes to have reached a final agreement on the “living wage” before the Milwaukee Common Council takes a final vote on $47 million of public financing for the new arena!  So the union and the Common Council are “making them an offer they can’t refuse”?