May I respectfully remind you that the purpose of a government is to protect its people, not businesses. I believe after reading your article, that you have never tried to support a family on the current minimum wage in Pennsylvania of $7.25/hour. A person working 40 hours per week at $7.25/hour grosses $290/week, or $1160/month (again, before taxes). Many families are unfortunately led by a single parent, and trying to pay rent, utilities, gas, and food on this salary is impossible. These workers are then forced to seek government assistance to help support their family.