With just over one month remaining until the critical November mid-term elections, there are a number of ballot initiatives going before voters in different locales that warrant watching. Restaurant workers along with the city’s Mayor have again come out strongly against an initiative in Portland Maine. Known as Question D, the initiative would raise the city minimum wage to $18 per hour and eliminate the existing tip credit. Interestingly, there’s been a good deal of controversy in Maine’s biggest city over minimum wages for the past few years as earlier adoption of ‘hazard pay’ pushed minimum wages up to almost $20/hour during declared emergencies until the city council rescinded the ordinance less than a week after it took effect. Notwithstanding, the issue will be on the ballot in Portland again in November. Out in Nebraska, voters will decide whether or not to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026 and subsequently tie the wage to inflation. Initiative Measure 433, as it is known, would not change the current state tipped wage of $2.13 per hour. Voters in 2014 passed a ballot measure increasing the wage to $9 per hour. And as we advised just about one month ago, Washington DC voters will again be asked to eliminate the tipped wage within the Nation’s Capital and mandate a minimum of $ 16.10/hour to tipped workers.