One could rightly conclude that the middle of a severe economic downturn resulting from a widespread global pandemic would not be a good time to consider increasing a state or local community’s minimum wage. But that wisdom apparently doesn’t hold with some in Portland Maine. Aside from the presidential decision on November 3, voters in Maine’s biggest city will also be asked to raise the minimum hourly wage required of businesses operating within the city to $15 per hour by 2024. In addition, the ballot initiative, sponsored by the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America, would dictate that all workers must receive time-and-a-half hazard pay anytime they report to work during a declared emergency. Under the provisions of Question A, by which the initiative is known, hazard pay would be required during any emergency declared by the city or state (so long as Portland is affected) beginning in December. Furthermore, such an emergency could include a snowstorm, power outage, hurricane or any number of other calamities. As the current Portland minimum wage is $12 per hour, were the initiative to pass and the coronavirus pandemic emergency continue, businesses in Portland would face an $18 an hour minimum wage starting in December 2020 and continuing until the emergency declaration was lifted. And speaking of the minimum wage amid the pandemic, of more than half of the states with scheduled minimum wage increases effective this year or next, a survey by Bloomberg Law found that only the Commonwealth of Virginia delayed the implementation of the mandated increase, notwithstanding the rhetoric of wanting to help state economies and small businesses recover.