Here in Washington state the minimum wage just changed from $9.57 to $11.00. All it did was make everything more expensive. Not sure its the way to go...Not really sure how I feel about it tbh. It would seem like minimum wage is to keep companies honest more than being acceptable to live off of. When I made minimum wage, there was no way I could live on my own, I had to have roommates and drive a crappy car, etc. Or get a second job which I did for a bit. But there are always lifestyle choices and tons of variables that come with that territory. I work with someone who always complains about being broke and she smokes a pack of cigs a day @ $9.00 a pack....of course shes broke all the time!