Since the $15/hour minimum wage mantra first rang out from Seattle, we have heard a fairly steady drumbeat advocating that communities set it as the new norm.  Over time, the effort has succeeded in a number of areas.  Just this week, Walmart, long a target for the $15/hour activists, announced that the company will be increasing its wages for all full and part-time employees in 2016 and thereby establishing new minimums for their employees.  By way of example, the Atlanta Business Journal reports the Georgia stores will pay fulltime workers an average hourly wage of $13.64 in 2016.  The company is planning an average hourly wage in Florida of $13.51 and an average for part-time workers of $10.55/hour.  After deliberating for a number of months, the city council in Bangor Maine voted 7 – 2 this week to establish a city minimum wage of $8.25 effective January 1, 2017, and increasing another $.75/hour in each of the subsequent two years capping off at $9.75 regardless of how a statewide ballot initiative fares in the November 2016 election.  The ballot initiative asks residents to approve a state minimum of $12/hour effective in January, 2020.  Currently, the minimum wage in the state of Maine is $7.50 per hour.