It could be called a tale of three directions when we look at minimum wage actions in Arkansas, Florida and Maryland within the past two weeks. As we’ve advised in past issues, the Maryland General Assembly has been advancing minimum wage legislation to hike the state minimum to $15/hour by 2025 and just last week, the branches reached agreement on compromise legislation and sent it to Governor Larry Hogan for his consideration. The final compromise measure, mandating $15/hour by January 1 2025 for large businesses and by July 2026 for businesses with fewer than 15 employees, passed both chambers by a margin sufficient to override a possible veto by Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who has opposed the $15 minimum as detrimental to the Maryland economy.  Going in a different direction, an Arkansas state house panel advanced legislation exempting small businesses, some non-profits and teenagers from an $11 minimum wage (effective 2021) approved by voters last November. Despite the fact that Arkansas is a trifecta Republican state, Governor Asa Hutchinson has come out against amending the voter approved mandate. And finally, in Florida, a constitutional amendment increasing the state minimum wage moved closer to the 2020 ballot with the proponents, Florida for A Fair Wage, submitting more than the required 76,632 certified signatures. The question now goes before the Florida Supreme Court for a determination of its legality and clarity to the voters and if it wins the court’s approval, the advocates must then submit an additional 670,000 signatures. The amendment would raise the current $8.46 hourly minimum to $10 an hour in September 2021 and increase by $1 each year to $15 an hour in September, 2026.