The federal minimum wage was instated to insure that someone could be supported on the money earned. The current minimum wage is a joke and impossible to live off of. Often time, people have to get multiple jobs just to survive putting a strain on family ties and bonding. Providing a decent wage will also decrease the amount of people that still need federal and state assistance even when working 40 hours a week. It would take the burden off the state to support people and force company to give back to it's employee by paying a livable wage.