Democratic AGs file brief supporting $15 minimum wage for federal contractors

(The Center Square) – A group of 22 Democratic attorneys general is urging a federal appeals court to allow the federal government to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for some federal contractors.

President Joe Biden’s executive order in April 2021 increased the minimum wage, which was set at $10.10 per hour in 2014. The U.S. Department of Labor made a final ruling to implement the increase in November 2021.

Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi challenged the validity of the executive order and claimed the implementation was unlawful in a lawsuit. It alleged Biden exceeded his authority outlined in the Administrative Procedure Act and was unconstitutional under “the nondelegation doctrine and the Spending Clause,” according to the brief.

The district court ruled in favor of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi and stopped the government from enforcing the directive in those three states. The Biden administration then appealed to the U.S.
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