The Florida Supreme Court rejected local minimum wages this week when it dismissed an appeal brought by the city of Miami Beach. Recall that Miami Beach passed its own minimum wage in excess of the state minimum (currently $8.46 per hour as of 1/1/19) back in 2016, setting a local minimum wage that would gradually increase to $13.31 per hour by 2021, and despite the existence of a 2003 state law prohibiting local minimum wages in the Sunshine State. Last August, the Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal by a 4-3 vote, but since that time 3 of the 4 affirmative votes on the court reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 and had been replaced by appointees of Governor Ron DeSantis. This week, the court revisited the decision to accept the appeal and dismissed the matter by a vote of 5-2! It was a different outcome in Arizona this week, where the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that a 2016 law passed by the Republican legislature to block local communities from establishing local minimum wage and employee benefits mandates was prohibited by the state constitution. State voters approved Proposition 206 increasing the state minimum wage to $12 by 2020 in November 2016. Subsequently, a number of local communities sought higher local minimums, prompting the legislative prohibition. And finally on the subject of minimum wages, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf submitted his budget for the coming fiscal year, proudly announcing that it contained no new taxes. On the other hand, the budget proposal does contain a $15 per hour minimum wage increase which he spins as yielding a significant increase in state income tax proceeds.