As the effort to more than double the federal minimum wage across the country gathers steam with a democratic trifecta at the federal level – albeit a slim one, tone-deaf state politicians continue to pile on small business woes. A couple of examples, as referenced above while the Pennsylvania legislature is putting over $900 million in play to assist businesses hurting from the government ordered shutdowns, Governor Tom Wolf was able to overcome the reluctance to raise taxes that he voiced last week when addressing the Chamber of Commerce. This week, he unveiled his latest proposed tax increase – bumping the state income tax rate by nearly 50%, from the current 3.07% to 4.49%. Don’t fret over the increase though the Governor explains, as he’s also proposed a new tax credit that he claims will keep most middle-class taxes right where they are – only penalizing those he deems as wealthy! Likewise, in Rhode Island, where Governor Gina Raimondo has been nominated by President Biden to serve as his Secretary of Commerce, the Senate Labor Committee appears to be fast-tracking another increase in the state’s minimum wage. A proposal which was favorably reported by committee out to the full senate for consideration would hike the state minimum wage from the current $11.50/hour to $12.25 on October 1, 2021; then to $13.00 in October, 2022 and on to $14 in 2023 and $15/hour in October 2024.