Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CM Tommy Wells to live off of minimum wage salary for a week

I really dig this.  It is one thing to issue a press release, another to put your money where your mouth is. Kudos to Councilmember (and DC Mayoral Candidate) Tommy Wells for trying to put himself in someone else's shoes -- even temporarily. Although this a short-term experiment it still has value. Councilmember Wells will be documenting his experiment on Twitter (@TommyWells), be sure to follow if you can.

P.S. I would love to see an experiment with members of the DC City Council and DC Agency Directors trying to live for a week in a Ward 8 resident's shoes. Imagine trying to get all of one's basic needs and amneties serviced within Ward 8 -- while on public transportation. Imagine trying to get a cab to and from "Southeast." I am sure it would be an eye opener to say the least.

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Anonymous said...

Maybe Tommy can buy a fast food restaurant and pay everyone $15 per hour and see how that works out for him next.

Courtney Anderson said...

I like the, Try living in Ward 8 on public transportation challenge.

Alan Page said...


No one's talking about paying anyone $15/hour, the $11/hr minimum wage hike doesn't even phase in until 2016. SMH.