It is always better if the business environment determines wages. When the Federal government steps in, there are far more issues introduced into any thing it tries to control. Some areas of America do not have a business environment that would be able to support a $13 to $15 hour wage minimum under any circumstances. There simply is not enough business to support a higher wage. Driving a higher mandatory wage rate would drive many small business owners out of business. Minimum wage jobs are simple designed to be entry level jobs. There are many, many jobs offering higher pay if the person in a lower wage job was aware of and worked toward obtaining. Its called motivation and desire to work to0ward a better life.