Who's paying minimum wage? Retail, food service (mainly fast food) and, in California, fruit and vegetable growers (if that ). Is Walmart going to move all their stores to Nevada or Oregon and make us drive there to shop? Or McDonald's? Are the growers just going to let the Central Valley, where half the country's produce is grown, sit idle? As Al would have said to Tim on Home Improvement, "I don't think so."
Case in point: San Jose raised its minimum wage to $10 an hour at the beginning of this year. The coalition against it was (surprise) mostly led by restaurants, including Jack in the Box (a regional burger chain) and a chain of pizza joints called, for real, Pizza My Heart. They threatened to close down and make everybody drive out of San Jose, which measures about 16 by 10 miles, to Santa Clara or Campbell for a burger or pizza. Well, guess what? January 1 came and went, and they're still here. The sky isn't falling.