You raise the Minimum wage then you have to raise all other pay. Which in turn increases prices. So you are back at square one.
What needs to happen is get the blue collared jobs back into the US. Right now non-skilled workers have no jobs to enter that doesnt require some sort of training on their part. Mills, factories was a good thing for them as they earned more for low skill.
If anyone is looking for a slow paced world MMO game in which you build, craft and hunt. I have a village on Wurm and would show you how to play. Basically it is a crafting hunting game. Think Minecraft on steroids. Here are some old pics of the deed I own right now.
It is open Sandbox FTP with skill cap at 20 for FTP. Premium Skill cap is 100. You can mine terraform craft explore, build boats, farm and other things. Im located on Xanadu Server character name is Squirrels.