understand that the rhetoric about living wage and lifting families out of poverty is mostly that; rhetoric and Old Bernie is the best at it. One national minimum at near $15.00 an hour is not appropriate or affordable in all area of the Country. The majority of minimum wage workers are not heads of families, nor do they work full-time. They are mostly young people working part-time or trying to get a start with minimum marketable skills.
Real help is not making them temporarily more comfortable in such jobs, but getting them out of those jobs, which by the way in many cases are going to disappear. Getting them out of those jobs first of all requires their own motivation and initiative and then skills training and education.
The simplistic and short-sighted approach the likes of Bernie Sanders takes to solve complex problems never ceases to amaze.