For some however, whatever the minimum wage, it is never going to be enough. As a case in point, a ballot initiative is currently pending in California that would mandate the minimum wage at businesses with 26 or more employees rise to $18 per hour in 2025 and for businesses with 25 or fewer employees, by 2026. The Living Wage Act of 2022, as it is titled, was developed and is being led by a Los Angeles millionaire investor and poverty advocate who considered running for the democratic presidential nomination in 2019, Joe Sanberg. The initiative is early in the ballot question process, but Sanberg has already committed to bankroll the requisite signature gathering effort – to qualify for the 2022 ballot, petitioners would have to collect a million valid California voter signatures. The state’s minimum wage is scheduled to rise to $15 an hour on January 1, 2023, which would translate into a 50% increase in the state minimum over a 5 year period – it was $10 per hour in 2016 when then-Governor Jerry Brown signed the current mandate law. Still a long way to go, but something to be aware of . . .