As we anticipate another run by progressives in Congress at a federal $15 minimum wage, it’s reported that a group of moderate Senators – led by Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) are working on bipartisan legislation that would increase the federal minimum over the next four years from the current $7.25 to $10 per hour. That said, key moderate democrat Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the bipartisan group, has opined that the wage floor should be set at $11/hour. Without any formal legislation finalized to date, we’ll have to wait and see where their proposal lands. In the meantime, republican state representatives in the state of Maine are floating a couple of legislative proposals that would limit the effects of an increased state minimum wage. The first looks to preclude municipalities from changing their minimum wages outside of state hikes. The city of Portland, Maine’s largest, passed a ballot measure in 2020 mandating a $15 local wage with a provision also mandating time-and-a-half as hazard pay during any declared public emergency – even including a snow emergency! The second bill would provide cost of living increases to the state minimum wage once every three years. Current law provides for annual increases in the state minimum wage (currently $12 per hour). Although we certainly applaud the effort, with Maine currently being a democrat trifecta state, we find it unlikely that these initiatives will prevail.