I wonder if raising the minimum wage will hurt a big chain store more, or a mom and pop store?
I also wonder if raising the minimum wage will slow down how quickly the people right above minimum wage will get raises?
...and - if minimum wage increases, then the cost of goods will increase (it has to, don't be naive) so will that hurt rich people more, or poor people? Let's factor in that the great majority (over 2/3rd's) of people aren't making minimum wage, and the great majority of the people making it are in the food service and rely on tips. We're already at a historic low in the number of people earning minimum wage - and that number is cut by 2/3rds when you factor in tips.
Last thing - Oregon is #2 in the nation in unemployment. Oregon? But they don't have the crazy industry blow up thing that #1 Michigan has...what's different about them? They lead the nation in highest state mandated minimum wage. So if you care about small business or folks struggling to pay their grocery bills and find a job, would you increase the minimum wage?
To quote Al Gore on another subject, "This is a moral issue" (side note - I thought he was against legislating morality)