You are not intended to live on minimum wage. Anybody who shows up on time and sober will be making above minimum in three months.
Conversely anybody who can't produce at least minimum wage worth of value per hour will never ever be able to get (or keep) a job.
Care to email that to my boss? I haven't gotten a raise, *ever*. Granted I started at $9.00, $1.75 over the state minimum, but since I only get occasional work when someone needs me to muck around with the webserver, design a skin for a new site, or drive to a client to deploy equipment/troubleshoot something, I don't get the benefit of constant regular hours.
A raise would be killer.