The Minimum Wage should never fall below the Living Wage. Naturally the Cost of Living varies by location by as much as 100% from the lowest to the highest areas in the country. Therefore the Federal Minimum wage should never fall below the Living Wage at the Lowest area in the country. State's then can adjust their own based on their local state conditions. Using the Living Wage tool developed at MIT, livingwage.mit.edu, I selected a random county in Louisiana with the following results for a Living Wage: 1 Adult ($9.72), 1 Adult, 1 child ($20.03), 2 Adults, 1 child ($11.18), 2 Adults, 2 children ($12.69), 2 Adults (1 working $16.02), 2 Adults, 1 child (1 working $19.75), 1 Adult, 2 children ($22.86)..... Remember, this is close to the LOWEST Cost of Living areas in the country... I have later discovered a few Counties in Mississippi where the Living Wage for 1 Adult was $9.35.