Minimum wage increase advocates continue to push any buttons they can to try and push up minimum wages further and further away from value, but now and again, it just doesn’t work out for them. An effort in California (of all places) to raise the current $15/hour statewide minimum to $18 per hour appears to have come up short and will not be on the 2022 ballot come November 8. The Secretary of State’s Office last week confirmed that the California Living Wage Act did not have enough certified signatures by the June 30 deadline. Notwithstanding, efforts are already underway to place it on the 2024 ballot. Conversely, an initiative to raise the minimum in Tukwila, Washington to match the SeaTac was of $17.53 per hour did qualify for the November ballot. Currently, Tukwila is subject to the state per hour wage mandate of $14.49, still one of the highest in the nation. Los Angeles just plows ahead (although fortunately for the time being, not impacting QSRs) with an SEIU-backed measure to raise the City of Angels’ minimum wage for health care workers from the current $16.04 an hour to $25 passing the City Council. The measure is now on the desk of Mayor Eric Garcetti for his signature. And finally, a breath of fresh air of sorts coming out of San Mateo California where in a recent meeting, the city council capped annual wage increases according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) at 3.5%. One councilor, citing the fact that the area’s inflation rate rose by over 4% in 2021 argued that requiring businesses to hike wages according to high inflation was causing “inconceivable increases.” The current minimum in San Mateo is $16.20 per hour.