Subscribe for 33¢ / day
Brad Schimel (copy)

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel

MICHELLE STOCKER - The Capital Times archives

Wisconsin is one of 21 states suing the Obama administration over a rule that would make millions of people eligible for overtime pay, arguing the federal government is overstepping its bounds.

The rule, announced in May, is set to take effect in December. It doubles the threshold at which workers are eligible for overtime compensation, and would affect an estimated 4.2 million employees. 

"The federal overreach we continue to see is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, which is demonstrated by the bipartisan coalition of states fighting this rule," said Attorney General Brad Schimel in a statement. "Wisconsin, and every other state, must be able to set their own priorities and policies, and not be forced to take directive from an unchecked Washington D.C. bureaucracy attempting to establish unprecedented power."

Schimel argued the rule would force many state and local governments to spend substantially more on employment and could result in layoffs and reduced services.

As Madison as it gets: Get Cap Times' highlights sent daily to your inbox

The states are asking a federal judge in Texas to block the rule from taking effect. 

In addition to Wisconsin, states on the challenge include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Share your opinion on this topic by sending a letter to the editor to tctvoice@madison.com. Include your full name, hometown and phone number. Your name and town will be published. The phone number is for verification purposes only. Please keep your letter to 250 words or less.

Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.