ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — More than a dozen lawmakers from around the state plan to live on a minimum wage this week to draw attention to efforts to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.READ MORE: Giant Display Teaches Important Lesson About Breast Cancer
Starting Monday, the 18 lawmakers will live for five days on $17 per day. That figure represents what a minimum wage worker has after the costs of taxes, childcare and housing are deducted from an $8.05-an-hour paycheck.READ MORE: Efforts To Get Needed Supplies To Haiti Reach Obstacles As Unrest Continues
The lawmakers — mostly Democrats — will also go grocery shopping with a minimum wage worker at the start of the week.
State Sen. Dwight Bullard and state Rep. Victor Torres are pushing legislation to increase Florida’s current minimum wage from $8.05 to $15 an hour.MORE NEWS: Slain Hollywood Police Officer Yandy Chirino's Family, Friends Devastated Beyond Belief
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