Notwithstanding the economic realities of the ongoing labor shortage and the BLS data showing wages exceeding $15 per hour in supermarkets and restaurants across the country, advocates continue to push. In Nebraska, a host of community organizations announced the launch of Raise the Wage Nebraska, a 2022 ballot initiative campaign that would increase the current state minimum of $9 per hour to $15 per hour over the course of three years – by 2026! To get the question on the 2022 ballot, advocates must collect some 87,000 valid voter signatures. Similarly, advocates in Nevada have already succeeded in securing a place on the 2022 ballot for the Nevada Minimum Wage Amendment. That amendment, if passed by the voters on November 8, 2022 will amend the state constitution to increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour and empower the state legislature to set a rate higher than the constitutionally mandated minimum.