During the debate on a higher minimum wage for Tacoma, the definition of the word "minimum" seems to have been lost. Another term for minimum wage should be starting wage.
In a lot of businesses, minimum wage workers are people with no or very little experience. As employees becomes better at their job, they are usually given cost-of-living raises, merit raises or other opportunities within the company. Most employers would prefer to give raises to keep their employees rather than have to train someone new.
If employers are required to pay the entry level jobs at a much higher cost, what are they supposed to pay their skilled labor? If all you have to do to make $15 an hour is show up for work, why would anyone have any incentive to better themselves either by working harder or getting an education?
The entry level jobs will no longer exist for the unskilled or inexperienced workers, and the next level of workers will never make what they are worth.