SHERMAN, Texas (Legal
Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with Nevada Attorney
General Paul Laxalt, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 21 states, alleging the Obama administration's “overtime rule” is illegal.
According to the lawsuit,
the overtime rule created by the U.S, Department of Labor doubles the salary
threshold for a worker to be entitled to overtime. The effect, the states
argue, will cause havoc among state and local governments, as well as private
businesses, who will have to substantially increase their employment costs.
This could lead to the elimination of services or a workforce reduction.
states argue the Obama administration lacks the valid congressional authorization
to enact the rule.
“Once again, President Obama
is trying to unilaterally rewrite the law,” Paxton said in a statement. “And this time, it may
lead to disastrous consequences for our economy. The numerous crippling federal
regulations that the Obama administration has imposed on businesses in this
country have been bad enough. But to pass a rule like this, all in service of a
radical leftist political agenda, is inexcusable.”
The states joining Texas and
Nevada in the lawsuit are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New
Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin.