What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent. In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019 ($13 starting next January) and then index it to inflation for future increases. (As we told you last week, Governor Cuomo proposed $11.50/hour) In a similar vein, the Bangor Maine City Council is entertaining a proposal by Councilor Joe Balducci (brother of former Governor John Balducci) to increase the minimum within Bangor from the current $7.50 to $8.25 by 2016 and on to $9.75 by 2018. Portland, South Portland and the state capital of Augusta are also entertaining minimum wage increases.