Social activists now regard the minimum wage as another welfare program that can reduce the costs of programs like Medicaid and food stamps, and can reduce inequality. But the minimum wage is very poorly targeted for these purposes.
There are plenty of sound reasons to oppose government minimum wage laws, but there is one objection making the rounds that is based on bad economics and should be avoided, and that’s the "businesses will pass on the costs to consumers" objection.
Students have been denied in-person schooling. At the same time, millions of women—many of whom have children—have been thrown out of work. Suddenly, homeschooling became a much more viable and necessary option.
Economic realities mean the socialist state would need to utilize the same method of discounting wages as capitalists do. The only difference is that under socialism, bureaucrats would do the "exploitation."