You’re not supposed to “live” off minimum wage! It’s a stepping stone to a real job and career. If you have to pay rent, utilities, gas and the dentist and still have a minimum wage job, you’re not doing something right. I shouldn’t have to pay a lot more at McDonald’s or Wal-Mart because of it! I’d suggest some schooling or training for a true career. Leave minimum wage low so people won’t be satisfied with it.
So the minimum wage goes up and then the cost of goods and services goes up for everyone to compensate for the increase. Minimum wage jobs used to be for kids or second job folks. If the writer wants more, then he or she just has to find a better job. Maybe it will be a little harder than flipping burgers but what are you going to do?