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Ryan, Strickland try to live on minimum wage

Published: Mon, July 21, 2014 @ 11:47 a.m.

Ryan, Strickland try to live on minimum wage

YOUNGSTOWN — Trying to draw attention to an effort to increase the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and ex-Gov. Ted Strickland are spending the week attempting to live on the current amount — sort of.

Strickland, a Democrat, said he’s fighting a cold and using Tylenol and nasal spray he has in his medicine cabinet.

“If I was paid the minimum wage, I wouldn’t be able to afford” either, he said today on a conference call.

Both he and Ryan of Niles, D-13th, said they have the benefits of having items in their homes that they will use during the challenge.

Ryan, the father of a newborn, said he has plenty of diapers and medicine.

“It provides some sense of what people do on minimum wage,” Ryan said of the challenge.

The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised in five years.

Ohio is among 13 states that has a minimum wage higher than the federal amount. Ohio’s minimum wage is $7.95.

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1redeye1(5356 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Just another joke by the local and state democrat officials . They will come back and say that they couldn't do it. So what else is new? Maybe if we as voters cut back their wages and benefit packages. They could lower the taxes of everyone and we could all survive. Just wondering !!

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2republicanRick(1544 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Obama Care forced businesses to cut employee hours to 28 or fewer per week. Where were these two politicians then?

Silly stunt by silly men. Ohio is finally recovering after Strickland's failed try at being govenor.

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376Ytown(1318 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a way of life. Most people use them as a stepping stone up the ladder of success. If you are still making minimum wage after a year without an increase or promotion you may need basic jobs skills training and may want to listen carefully to what your performance evaluation is trying to tell you.

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4steivo(540 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

"Democrats have to stop promoting minimum wage and welfare as a way of life." Good luck with that one.

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5DSquared(1569 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

There are people on gub'mint assistance who make the equivalent of $30,000+ in services provided by we the people. 76 is correct. If you're an adult still living on minimum wage, then you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

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6Ytownnative(1118 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Give out free stuff and get votes. Its not rocket science. Demoncrats know their voters are idiots. It like teaching a dog to do tricks with a bag of $1 treats.

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7YtownParent(745 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

"Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a way of life. Most people use them as a stepping stone up the ladder of success." That was true 15-20 years ago, but the economic reality of the past 15 years is that most minimum wage jobs are held by people with college degrees (and college debt). Minimum wage jobs may not have been intended as permanent careers, but until CEO's and corporations start creating anything other than minimum wage jobs most working Americans will have no other options.

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8DSquared(1569 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Sorry Parent, but until the Fascist ODumbo and his minions get their noses out of our business and their hands out of our pockets, there will be no substantial jobs created by anyone. You have it backwards my friend.

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976Ytown(1318 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I wonder how many college educated people are still at a minimum wage job after a year. Again, a stepping stone or temporary job until something better.

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