What really is a minimum wage?

Happy New Year! It’s now 2020 and talk already has begun about raising our minimum wage. $10.10 an hour is not a living wage, some say, so we should be hoisting our minimum wage to say $15 or $17, which some say is the minimum required to make ends meet here in Hawaii assuming you are working 40 hours a week. Shame on the big bad employer lobbies, they say, for they are intending to confuse the issue and distract from the real problems at hand. There also seems to be an unsaid undercurrent of “Sure those fat, greedy employers can pay it, so sock it to them!”