An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer to the federal minimum of $7.25. Likewise, a bill increasing the Delaware minimum wage to $9.25 by 2020 failed in the state senate by only one vote. There will likely be a concerted effort to resurrect the legislation before the Delaware legislature adjourned in late June. And in Florida, the Fight for $15 is back in the Florida gubernatorial race with one of the leading democratic candidates endorsing an increased wage as part of his primary campaign. Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wants the state to increase the wage floor, but he also wants to empower cities and towns across the Sunshine State to further hike the wage at the local level. Under that plan, Florida would be a patchwork of different minimum wages by community! And up in Maine, term-limited lame duck Governor Paul LePage has championed an effort to roll back a 2016 voter-approved minimum wage increase, but his efforts failed last week. The Maine House of Representatives rejected the proposal that would have reduced the annual increases from $1 per year to $.50 per year and cap the increase at $11 instead of the voter-approved $12 by 2021. LePage and other supporters of the rollback are concerned that business can’t afford the current minimum, let alone the annual increases.