I think a smaller increase is in order, but not to $12/ hr. What happens to the people who are making $12/hr now? Their wage would have to be increased in order to adequately pay them for greater skillsets. The entire wage scale would have to be shifted. Businesses would have to increase prices for goods and services in order to stay in business, which means all the extra money everyone is making gets spent on higher prices everything. Some businesses would fail. The wage people make should represent their skill set.