So if I am reading this bill correctly, a teenager, who lives at home, would be able to make what it would cost to supply a life, according to federal stats, for a family of 4. Now correct me if I'm wrong, minimum wage is supposed to be a starting point isn't? You are supposed to work hard and work your way up, correct? Because even when I started being employed, and not just I, everyone I know who had a job, earned a pay increase each year, whether cost of living or an actual raise or both. This forced me to work as hard as possible for what I earned, at a young age. I then worked my way up from an hourly position to a salary position, and even made enough, working at a grocery store, to live comfortably. Now, that being said, please realize I am not even 30 yet so this is not ancient history, this is doable, but paying new employees to the workforce $13.55 an hour is only going to drive up the cost of living because that added expense has to go somewhere, and where would it go? The consumer, that same person struggling to make ends meat now. Raise the minimum wage, you raise the cost of living. Raise the cost of living and people can't afford to live. That's all that needs to be said.