A great analysis of the effects of a minimum wage hike was written in 1996 by the "Joint Economic Committee."
Particularly enlightening was the debunking of the myth of the "minimum wage worker trying to support a family."
Turns out that only 2.8 percent of workers earning less than minimum wage are single parents. Only 1.2 percent of all minimum wage workers were adult heads of households with incomes less than $10,000. Fifty-seven percent of minimum wage workers are single individuals, many of them living with their parents.
Check it out.