Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase the state minimum to $15 an hour by 2025. Notwithstanding, the likelihood of the bill moving through the republican-controlled state house anytime soon seems slim at best. Similarly, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee in Louisiana approved legislation increasing the minimum wage to $8 and $8.50 respectively in each of the next two years. Despite the movement, and Governor John Bel Edwards’ (D) support, the bills are not expected to make it out of the republican-controlled legislature. It could be a different story in the Green Mountain state of Vermont however, where despite the governor having indicated opposition to a $15 minimum in the past, the senate approved a $15 wage bill last month with enough votes to override a veto and momentum and support for the hike in the Vermont House of Representatives appears to be building. The current Rhode Island minimum of $10.10 per hour would increase to as much as $15 under one of four legislative wage proposals being considered by the state Senate Committee on Labor. The most prominent of the 4 bills would establish a $15 minimum in Rhode Island by 2022, while others peg the wage at $12 by 2020 and increase the tipped wage to $9 in 2022 before eliminating it completely in 2023.