No matter which state one is talking about, the question of minimum wages is either at the political forefront or soon to be. As a case in point, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Fight for $15 (but I repeat myself) will announce on Labor Day, a campaign to target elected officials who have opposed increases to minimum wages and other union-friendly initiatives for defeat in battleground state elections. To bring this goal to fruition, the groups will earmark as much as $100 million to the political effort! One of the primary names on their target list is that of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who ironically last week vetoed a bill that would have mandated a $15 minimum wage by the year 2022. The Illinois minimum is currently $8.25 an hour and under the legislation would have gone to $9 in January and then increased again in each of the next 4 years to the $15 level. While Rauner is holding the fort in Illinois, Pennsylvania state senator Daylin Leach hopes the third time is the charm with his $15 minimum wage proposal. Leach has filed the a $15 minimum wage bill in each of the past three sessions but has yet to get sufficient traction for the wage mandate. Currently, the Pennsylvania minimum wage is set at $7.25 an hour, the federally mandated minimum. Among states, only New York and California mandate a $15 minimum, but others will continue to push to join them. And last but not least, St. Petersburg, FL will hold a public hearing and final vote on September 24 on a $15 minimum wage for workers completing city contracted services. That final vote was originally scheduled for next Wednesday, but is put off to give councilors time to advise affected businesses. That sounds a lot like “we’ll give him a fair trial, and then we’ll hang him!”