This is one of those things that should not need to be said—but it does, because Republicans don’t want it to be true: If you want to raise wages, you should raise wages.
Republicans are constantly arguing that we shouldn’t raise the minimum wage, because they want to see people making more than the minimum wage, and that’s what lawmakers should focus on—creating jobs above the minimum wage. By this logic, it’s better to be paid $8 an hour while the minimum wage is $7.25 than to be paid $11 an hour while the minimum wage is $11 an hour. Because in the latter case, you’re just making minimum wage, while in the former case, you’re making above minimum wage, and that must be better.
But—surprise!—it turns out that raising the minimum wage is a good way to raise wages for low-income workers.