The $1.9 trillion relief package passed and signed by President Joe Biden earlier this month had several components that will help determine the industry’s course at least in the short term. One thing it did not contain was a provision to raise the federal minimum wage. The Senate’s parliamentarian, on procedural grounds, moved to block a hike of the minimum to $15 an hour, a number that activists and progressives have set their sights on as a potential change-maker in reducing poverty among working people. Passing an increase will be more difficult now, but don’t expect the push to go away. A minimum wage increase is a stated priority for Biden and many Democrats. Read more at Retail Dive.