Politics are local. Often we hear Republicans say they want to return power to the states and cities where politicians are more accountable. Milton Friedman also believed that. But, they better practice what they preach.
The state of Alabama has no minimum wage law. They set the prevailing state minimum wage at whatever the federal government’s is. The city of Birmingham, Alabama wanted to enact a higher minimum wage. They did. The state struck it down by passing a law making it illegal to have city minimum wages higher than the state.
No doubt, having a higher minimum wage is damaging. Seattle has had significant job losses since it enacted a significantly higher minimum wage. It hurts employment prospects for people that need any job. It stops businesses from hiring more people. It stops businesses from growing. The marginal cost of the minimum wage is a lot higher than the cost of the wage.
If we believe in small government and more local control, then you have to let it happen. It is hard to watch a slow motion train wreck. But, it has to happen. Markets will adjust over time.