The drumbeat continues to ring out across the country with efforts ongoing to raise the minimum wage to higher levels by whatever means necessary with some, but fortunately not all of those efforts succeeding. First on the negative side of the ledger, “Raise Up Missouri” has submitted 120,000 signatures in support of a November ballot initiative to raise the state minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2023. Likewise in North Dakota, the secretary of state has certified a minimum wage petition as eligible for the November ballot so long as the advocates collect roughly 13,000 signatures before June 9. The Vermont legislature is closing in on sending a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2024 to Governor Phil Scott, who has said he will veto the increase because it will hurt small business. The house approved a different version of the bill so the senate (which has already passed it) must concur with the house changes before it gets to the Governor. It appears opponents have the votes to sustain a gubernatorial veto. Elsewhere, the Rhode Island legislature has sent a $15/hour wage bill to further study, possibly stalling the bill for the year. The Arkansas attorney general rejected a proposed citizen initiative to raise the minimum to $12 by 2022, citing ambiguous language that would have been unclear to voters. Proponents plan to submit an improved version for reconsideration. The Colorado senate rejected a house-approved bill that would have allowed localities to increase minimum wages within their own communities beyond the levels. And in Connecticut, the legislative session came to an end without either branch taking a vote on a proposal to hike the minimum wage to $12.