It isn't the goal of the "minimum" wage to be a living wage. It's goal is to be an entry into the work force, the "minimum" even. It is for unlearned and unskilled workers, if you raise minimum wage you have to raise ALL wages and eventually minimum wage will have to be raised AGAIN! It is bad economics to think you can raise the minimum wage and all of a sudden entry level workers will have livable incomes. The price of all goods will increase so their new wages will get them just as far as their old ones.