The lowest paying games I will work all season are regonals and state but I don't mind too much because it is an honor to get to work at that level and it's only a small percentage of the overall season. As far as the pitiful minimum pay scale, if you want to umpire a baseball game for $45 I suggest your local Little League or Babe Ruth. Most schools/conferences I work for in central Arkansas are either $10 an inning or pretty close to it.
To an extent, I understand the honor angle and I don't entirely disagree with it - but:
In many instances, in order to work a state playoff game, one ends up having to take time off work if they want to increase their likelihood of working a game. By the time one calculates the expenses to work a state playoff game, it is too often the case where it costs one money to do so if travel is involved.
In the end, I agree with all here that we need a larger supply of referees in all sports. It would be nice if there were sufficient referee numbers all throughout the state but until that occurs, AAA needs to address this issue if they want to increase the number of referees available for the state playoffs that occur throughout the work week.