Ex-Governor: I Tried, Failed to Live on Minimum Wage
Weeklong experiment collapsed by Thursday: Ted Strickland
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 28, 2014 9:11 AM CDT
In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland answers questions during an interview in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

(Newser) – Ohio's former governor is taking a stand in favor of raising the minimum wage—by living on it himself. Ted Strickland tried restricting his spending last week to the $77 the wage offers, and by Thursday, he failed, he writes at Politico. The experience involved skipping meals, turning to unhealthy food, and walking to meetings because he couldn't afford other transportation, he writes.

"When I actually caught a cold, I felt lucky to already have medicine at home that would help with the symptoms," Strickland notes. "Medicine, along with any other unexpected or additional expenses, often prevents the budget from stretching as far as it needs to stretch." But many in Washington don't realize that thanks to their insulated lifestyles, he writes. Strickland, a Democrat, is among officials and activists trying to "Live the Wage" and calling on members of Congress to do so, too, "before opposing an increase that would help millions of Americans who currently live in poverty." Click for his full piece.

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cellisis
Aug 4, 2014 11:37 PM CDT
when a fat cat like Strickland tried to live on $77 for a week and yet failed, it only tells a fat cat cannot eat less or live lean, it doesn't mean other people cannot. it is not a minimum wage issue but a fat politician tries to use it as legitimate reason for his political agenda, which is not legitimate in fact. he's trying to say: 'i feel your pain...', like many hypocrite politicians would say. give me a break! anyone who had a minimum wage job before know how to make the most from little, and $77 is plenty for a week's food supply.
Jaye
Jul 30, 2014 8:47 PM CDT
Minimum wage is a stepping stone. You work a menial job, get paid accordingly and gain some basic experience. Not to support oneself or a family on. How stupid are our elected officials. If you want to support your family, get educated, learn a skill, or work 4 minimum wage jobs.
clstans
Jul 30, 2014 8:48 AM CDT
Minimum wage was never intended to be a "Living wage", it is for young school age children and older retired people to get extra money. Since when did that change? What world are these people living in?