Increasing the minimum wage helps unions who negotiate their pay based on a percentage over the minimum wage. It also means that 2 unskilled workers become too expensive to compete with one skilled (union) worker. Finally, by eliminating most of the low wage chances to learn how to get and keep a job, it increases dependency on government and makes it cheaper and easier for Democrats to buy votes with taxpayer money. So Liberals sell it as a "living wage" when actually it suppresses employment, which is what they want. Progressives are now saying that Obamacare suppressing employment is a good thing. They finally came out of the closet on this.