The reality is that if Harrisburg jacks up the cost of entry level jobs by nearly 40%, there will only be three ways job providers can deal with this artificial increase in the cost of labor:
1. Pass along increased business costs to consumers through higher prices;
2. Absorb increased costs by reducing profits (which is difficult for most small businesses already operating on thin profit margins); or
3. Reduce full-time jobs to part-time jobs, eliminate jobs entirely, or reduce/eliminate benefits such as health care.
None of those are good outcomes.
For more information on the negative impact on raising the minimum wage, see this Commonwealth Foundation study.