Tommy Wells to live one week on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells says he'll spend a week keeping his food and transportation costs to the level of a minimum-wage worker.

The Washington Post reports Wells says he's doing it to draw attention to the District's high cost of living and the council's preliminary approval last week of a minimum wage increase over the next three years. The city's current minimum wage is $8.25 an hour.

Wells, a candidate for mayor, says he hasn't calculated just how much he'll be living on. But, he'll take the wages of a 40-hour minimum wage workweek and subtract at least 30 percent for housing and living expenses. Wells says he'll rely on public transportation to get to events.

Wells will be documenting his journey via social media. You can follow his updates on twitter @TommyWells and using hashtag #LiveTheWage.
The D.C. minimum wage bill is up for a second council vote next Tuesday.

Wells makes more than $130,000 a year as a member of the D.C. Council.