Not only should wage rates not be the business of the feds, a mandated minimum wage only helps those who collect it for a short period of time because it is inflationary. If a sandwich shop owner adds $2/hour (roughly 20%), he has to come up with that cash somewhere, and very few sandwich shop owners make enough to absorb even a quarter of that increase without raising the price of their sandwiches. Same with the butcher, the baker, and the baby food maker. In no time at all, that minimum wage earner now faces higher prices on every consumable and is in the same position as before. The minimum wage, like most unions, is a relic of the past, like buggy whips.