Minimum wage battles destroy the economy. They are nothing but political ads to attract the ignorant. All that raising minimum wage does is prevent hiring of inexperienced workers, usually blacks. Government has no right to require a certain wage to be paid by anyone. That is pure socialism. Why not require that the minimum wage for everyone be $40.00 per hour? The reason is very simple. The cost of services and goods increases in direct proportion to the wages paid. We would be eating $20.00 hamburgers and living in million dollar shacks. People should be paid according to their value to the employer and nothing else. Caring employers try to pay above what is expected in order to create loyalty and trust, but that is their choice.