With the turn of the calendar earlier this week, more than half of the states in the nation ushered in increases to their state minimum wages or will do so by the next New Year holiday. Some twenty-six states plus the District of Columbia will be mandating a minimum wage increase in 2020. In fact, 23 of the 26 states mandated January 1st increases with Connecticut (September 1, 2020), Nevada and Oregon (July 1, 2020) mandating increases later in the calendar. The District of Columbia will also increase its minimum wage come July 1, 2020. We can expect to see more legislative initiatives – in these and other states as well as nationally in Congress – targeting minimum wage increases this year to capitalize on what might be expected to be a popular issue for liberal and democrat activists in a presidential election year.