Legislation has been approved by the Hawaiian Senate – and a slightly different version was given preliminary approval in the House – both of which will kick up the minimum wage in the Aloha State to $18/hour over the next few years. Currently, the state minimum is $10.10 per hour, but that will change rather quickly should the House give final approval to the Living Wage Act. The House version calls for the minimum wage to rise $12/hour in October 2022, followed by a $3 increase to $15 in 2024 and then another $3 increase to $18/hour in 2028, while the Senate would reach the $18 mark in 2026. Elsewhere, legislation is pending in the West Virginia legislature that would cut the tip credit nearly in half, from 70% to 50% of the regular minimum wage, the effect of which would nearly double the base wage for tipped employees from $2.62 to $4.38 per hour, while the Oklahoma Senate is entertaining two bills that would raise the state minimum to $15 per hour within the next few years. On the flipside of the minimum wage coin, the Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates has passed HB 320, which will stop annual increases to the state minimum wage and maintain the minimum at the current rate of $11 per hour. Similarly, House Republicans in Arizona are deliberating a constitutional amendment that would require all localities to defer to the state minimum wage level. Currently, Flagstaff ($15.50/hour) and Tucson ($13/hour) are among the cities that have a minimum wage in excess of the state mandated wage.