This is our poorest territory. The businesses that profit from these low wages can afford the $0.50 raise. It will not effect inflation as velocity of money in their tiny economy is very low. These armchair economists preach about inflation but the models do not support their claims. Speculation provides most of the upward price pressure on consumer goods. If you have gradual and predictable increases in the minimum wage market bubbles are much less likely to form. Also the idea that you aren't supposed to work a min wage job for very long is laughable when talking about American Samoa and also many areas of the US.