The issue of mandating increases in minimum wages across the country continues to command attention at a host of different levels.  On the presidential campaign trail, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who called for a $12/hour minimum wage last fall (her opponent, Bernie Sanders filed legislation mandating $15/hour), advocated an end to the tipped minimum wage in a speech last week in New York, calling the tipped minimum wage “shameful”.  Legislators in Alabama didn’t comment on the tipped minimum wage, per se, but they took a clear stand on the broader issue of minimum wages by passing the “Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage Act” last month.  The law was passed in response to actions by the Birmingham City Council that would have established a local Birmingham minimum of $10.10 per hour.  Governor Robert Bentley wasted no time before signing the bill into law shortly thereafter.  The law prohibits local government entities from enacting their own minimum wage and benefit mandates and reestablishes the federal minimum wage as the consistent minimum throughout the state.  Governor Tom Wolf has yet to convince the legislature to increase Pennsylvania’s $7.25/hour minimum, so this week he signed an Executive Order mandating a $10.15 an hour minimum for state employees and all employees of private companies with state contracts.