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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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1Knightcap(699 comments)posted 2 months ago

Democrats have to stop promoting minimum wage and welfare as a way of life.

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276Ytown(1242 comments)posted 2 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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3olddude(201 comments)posted 2 months ago

Timmy and Teddy honestly believe that just throwing money at a problem (anywhere they can get it ) AT the problem, it will vanish.... The soldiers in Baracks army for THE SOCIAL AGENDA are fine Patriots..

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4JMHO(146 comments)posted 2 months ago

76 pegged it. Minimum wage jobs are for high school and maybe some college students who are trying to make some spending money. Or for older folks who just want to do something. Since when did working at McDonalds become a career to raise a family on? Democrats will never get this because these are their voting block.

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5Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 2 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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6YtownParent(324 comments)posted 2 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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776Ytown(1242 comments)posted 2 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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