Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase was approved in 2014 and vetoed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.  After the veto was overridden, a referendum to require a public vote passed, but advocates succeeded in collecting enough signatures to put the question on the ballot.  Similarly, advocates in the state of Maine succeeded in gathering enough signatures to also put the question on the ballot.  Their proposal would increase the current statewide minimum of $7.50 to $9/hour come January 2017, then by an additional $1 in each of the next 3 years.  Both Portland and Bangor have implemented local minimum wage increases with Portland’s already in effect and Bangor’s kicking in January, 2017.  They’re having similar thoughts in New Jersey, where Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced that he will file to put the question of raising the minimum wage and subsequently tying it to inflation before the voters in 2017 as a proposed amendment to the New Jersey Constitution.  That may be easier said than done, though.  Having just ended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Governor Chris Christie cautioned legislators in his budget address not to try to hike taxes or increase the minimum wage.  He also advised that he would veto any attempts on the part of legislators to reverse any of the tax cuts he has implemented over the past several years.