Raising the minimum wage just forces businesses to adapt their labor to meet the requirement, and if anything, reduces the amount of people they hire on. If actually read some businesses literally closing up because of this sort of legislation.
Sadly, that sort of legislation works against someone like me who has scraped and worked hard for 22 years in this business, only to see my hourly wage be just above what your city proposed and passed into law. What sort of message does that send to someone like me? That the $3.35 I worked for at McDonald's in 1983 was a waste of my time and experience? That the $15 an hour I made after many years in this business means that all that experience is worth nothing?
Ironically, in another state that shall remain nameless, my 24 year old daughter just went back to work at Target, and due to her previous experience there, they started her back at $12 an hour. She just asked me for help in buying a car today, to which I replied, "I don't make much more than your $12 an hour, so who is helping who here?" Translation, you're on your own.
We've severely devalued experience and hard work in our country now, and when you hand someone $15 an hour to flip burgers or ask someone if they want fries with that meal, then you are telling me that my 22 years of experience isn't worth crap, and I'd be better off working one of those jobs at $15 an hour with less stress and not having to think through complex problems and procedures, that come with this job.
At some point the "entitlement generation" will run out of other people's money to float their little life project with. I told that to my daughter today as well. She's nearly 24 years old, and is seemingly running up a pile of debt while she figures out what and where she wants to go in life. I kind of told her that it's past midnight, and your glass slipper wasn't found by Prince Charming. Better get busy working and figure it out yourself. I'm done being your ATM card.