I think the minimum wage should be raised to just above the poverty level, and then linked automatically to inflation rates annually. That way no one who works 40+ hours a week is making poverty wages, and we don't need to fight to legislate a new rise or fall every single fiscal year. The market would actually begin to decide what is worth paying for. This bill's rise calculates to about a mere 2-5 cent increase per dollar at the counter (search Purdue study), not an undue burden on the company itself. The issue is not workers being paid too much in a constant journey to chase the financial dragon. It's that workers have been paid so little for so long that nobody is willing to pay legal wages in sweat labor (which is why we have an undocumented worker "issue") or increase the minimum wage because it would affect 10-year growth projections from the last manual increase in 2007.