Series of devil's advocate posts from suggestions here: http://www.sciforums.com/threads/devils-advocate.160526/ We need a minimum wage, and it should be increased. Why do we need a minimum wage? Some parts of the country have a much higher cost of living than others. This means that the minimum wage in these areas is effectively and relatively much lower than in lower cost of living areas. Without it, employers could take advantage of desperation, much as pawnshops and payday loans currently do. A minimum wage helps young people become independent adults. So how do we go about increasing it? Perhaps minimum wage should be tied to a regional metric, like property values and taxes. This could be implemented nationally, just not as a one-size-fits-all number for the whole country, with widely different local economies. Since the minimum wage doesn't cost the federal taxpayer anything, there's no argument about government cost. With a variable minimum wage, the rise in prices due to employer costs will be balanced against the strength of the local economy.