Minimum wage law increases are popular, but so is ice cream. That doesn't make them good for you.
A California bill would increase the minimum wage from $8.00 per hour to over $9.25 and provide for future increases to keep pace with inflation.
I want people to make more money, but a minimum wage is not the way to do it, particularly if your labor is worth less than $9.25 an hour.
If a worker's labor is worth $6 an hour--say he's unskilled or inexperienced--then a business isn't likely to employ him at $9.25. The worker will quickly find himself making $0 an hour since he won't have a job.
That's hard on high school kids trying to get a job to get some experience under their belt. Why would an employer hire an inexperienced student for $9.25 when a more experienced adult could have the job and have more to contribute? The student will have a harder time getting experience so he can one day make more than minimum wage.
Nor is it good for unskilled adults. Why hire an unskilled adult at $9.25 (or $8, for that matter) when a more skilled one will also work for that wage?
Minimum wage laws negatively impact the very people politicians say they are trying to help. After all, they don't have control over the real minimum wage, which is always $0 an hour--the wage someone gets when they can't find work.