Speaking of minimum wage increase proposals, advocates in two states are aiming to put a minimum wage increase question on the ballot for voters to decide. First, in Florida, attorney John Morgan, who has been spearheading an effort to increase the state minimum wage (currently $8.46/hour), claimed this week that he had collected over a million signatures in support of his minimum wage petition with over 363,000 of those signatures already certified. A total of 766,200 verified signatures are required to qualify the amendment for the 2020 ballot. His proposal would increase the wage to $10/hour on September 30, 2021 and then $1 per hour per year thereafter until the rate reached $15/hour in 2026. Out in Idaho, the numbers are quite a bit less all around, but the objective is the same as activists announced they have already collected 5,000 of the roughly 55,000 signatures needed to place a minimum wage petition on the ballot next November. Although they’re still less than 10% of the way to the final minimum requirement, advocates do not have to file their signatures until April 30, 2019, so there is much time remaining. The Idaho petition would hike the current state minimum of $7.25 an hour to $8.75 on June 1, 2021 and by an additional $1 per hour per year until it reached $12 per hour on June 1, 2024. In addition, the Idaho petition would also eliminate an existing “training wage” for people under 20, currently $4.25/hour for the first 90 days working.