The Idaho Secretary of State has given his approval to an initiative amending the current state minimum wage law and establishing a four-year formula to increase the wage and subsequently tie it to the federal consumer price index (CPI) for specific items. Under the proposal, the current minimum wage of $7.25 would be increased annually over four years, as would the so-called tipped wage, with the latter settling in at not more than $4.25 less than the general minimum wage effective 2024. Ironically, at the same time, legislation is awaiting action by Governor Brad Little that would make it more difficult for citizens to get questions on the ballot via the initiative process. The republican governor has yet to give any clear indication whether he will sign onto the new, more challenging initiative process or veto it.