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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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