Minimum wage should be a livable wage. That is to say that a person working full time should be able to cover his or her basic needs (food, clothing, housing, health and transportation) without assistance from government. As the cost of living varies from state to state, then the minimum wage will also vary from state to state. The livable wage should be set by each state and companies should then use this to set their minimum wage.
If an individual needs government assistance based on working a minimum wage, then that wage is not a livable wage and government assistance becomes a corporate subsidy for the individual’s company and should not reflect negatively on the individual, but rather on the company.
Moreover, increasing the minimum wage to a livable wage would also be good for the economy, as all of it would be spent thereby driving demand and stimulating growth.