The minimum wage should be indexed to inflation to automatically increase. Congress has kept the minimum wage locked at $7.25 for ~20 years to benefit employers. The end result is the taxpayer funding anti-poverty programs to assist the working poor. This is nothing less than a massive labor subsidy to private business given in the most inefficient and inequitable means possible (i.e. Government bureaucrats being paid to pass-out checks instead of simply mandating a "living-wage" be paid by employers.).