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Brown Says Trump's New Overtime Rule Hurts Moderate Income Ohioans

photo of Sherrod Brown and Tom Perez
ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
In May 2016, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) appeared at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream in Columbus with former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to announce the Obama Administration’s new overtime salary threshold. ";

Senator Sherrod Brown is taking on President Donald Trump's new overtime rule. The Democrat said the salary threshold the Trump Administration is imposing is harmful to moderate income workers.  

A rule created under President Obama increased the salary threshold so everyone making $47,000 or less would be required overtime pay.

But it's Trump's proposal that will go into effect, allowing OT for people making $35,500 or less. Brown said Trump's rule leaves about 50,000 Ohioans without overtime pay compared to Obama's plan.

"The president always talks about how he supports workers but this essentially a betrayal of moderate income workers."

Business groups had voiced concern that the Obama proposal would have killed jobs. Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman applauded Trump's new rule.