Then you're going to need more than 1530 separate minimum wages, since there are more than 1530 separately functioning economies in the US So you're going to unjustly enrich some people, while other people have to remain on public assistance Welfare Programs. Businesses cannot "just raise prices." Businesses first have to do a study on Price Elasticity to determine how elastic their pricing scheme is and whether or not there are available substitutes. Increasing prices may result in one of the following: 1] Revenues increase and profits increase 2] Revenues increase and profits remain neutral 3] Revenues increase and profits decrease 4] Revenues decrease and profits decrease If that doesn't motivate people to better themselves by acquiring new skills which enhance their employment, then what will? Then let Free Market Economics reign supreme. The Free Market is the perfect solution to the issue of wages and everything else.