I contend that an immediate hike from $7.25 to $13.00/ hour would be felt by employers, but paying people is the highest cost of doing business. So if one wishes to be in business then one must expect to pay, those who are making him profits, a livable wage. Yes, I realize this takes a little from those who have more and gives to those who have less; but as good karma (and solid economics) tends to do, the cycle repeats. Consumers buy more, business profit more, and in return the federal minimum wage and the wages in general for the entire workforce should continue to rise and achieve more stability. The issue of wages wouldn't be hardly a concern if there wasn't the 1:99 gap. It wouldn't be that bad if they had taken the hits along the way, but they didn't want to do that. The rich want you to fear rising wages, because they fear having less money to roll around in. Tell the 1% it's time to start trickling down some of their economics and support better wages for the 99%.