Another minimum wage hike is only one of the 21 ballot initiatives covering 18 different topics that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey advanced this past week toward the November ballot. At this point, the AG only certifies that the questions do not violate the state constitution, clearing the way for the proponents to go to the signature collection process. Despite the state having an $11 an hour minimum in place since January, the group Raise Up Massachusetts is pushing three questions: the first to increase the minimum to $15 by 2022, another to paid family leave and a third to impose a 4% tax surcharge on incomes over $1 million. Three of the certified petitions deal with the state sales tax dropping it from 6.25% to lower amounts (4.5% or 5% and mandating a tax free weekend in August). With certification, the proponents must collect approximately 65,000 voter signatures (3% of total vote for Governor). Sugary drink legislation is not proposed for the ballot, but the Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a public hearing next Tuesday on S.1220, which imposes an array of restrictions on accessibility to sugary drinks, especially for youths. It does not seek to impose an additional tax on the beverages however.