No. Minimum wage is not meant to be a kick start in the middle of a ring on the latter of employment. It is a starting wage that when entering the work force the wage earner has basically no skills. The unskilled worker becomes skilled through years of hard work and skill improvements. Are the companies going to offset and increase the wages of a skilled worker who has been on the job 10-20 years? I think not. I started my first job at 8 yoa, handing out movie bills for 25 cents an hour, then cut grass in the neighbor hood for a dollar per lawn, then a sales clerk selling shoes for $1.25 an hour, then construction starting at the bottom, working 20 years before my current salary of twelve dollars an hour, and now someone is seriously wanting the minimum wage to be $12-15 per hour. Congress going to pass legislation to require employers to raise my base pay equally? I don't think so. Start the military out with that kinda pay. They are on duty twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty five days a year and that makes a Staff Sergeants pay some where around Twenty nine cents an hour. Do this and companies will lay off workers as well as in some cases have to close its doors. Yea want $13.00 an hour work hard for it.