Texas Republicans Move to Slash Paychecks of 1.2 Million Texans
In May, the Department of Labor announced a new rule that would directly benefit an estimated 1.2 million hardworking Texans. But like clockwork, just a few months later, Texas filed a legal challenge to the rule — effectively mounting a costly lawsuit to deny more than a million Texans — and 12.5 million Americans — a well-earned and long overdue raise.
The rule, which is set to go into effect in December, would raise the salary threshold at which salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay to $47,476 a year. The current salary threshold of $23,660 — which has remained unchanged for a decade — is below the poverty line for a family of four and fails to cover millions of middle-class and low-wage workers nationwide.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, younger workers are most likely to benefit, estimating that 4.5 million millennials will get a raise from the new overtime rule. EPI's analysis further shows raising the overtime salary threshold will directly benefit a broad range of working people across the country: