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April 20, 2004

Bush Retreats on Overtime Fight

We'll see what the final details look like, but Bush is revising his overtime proposal to guarantee overtime to more people and reduce those who will lose it compared to his initial proposal.

One of the biggest changes is that the initial proposal would have denied overtime automatically to white collar workers making more than $65,000 per year-- knocking out extra pay for a range of middle class type folks. Instead, a worker would have to make $100,000 per year to automatically lose overtime pay.

Another provision would guarantee that firefighters, police, EMS and other "first responders" could not lose overtime-- a clear response to Democratic criticisms of the initial proposal.

So it looks like we have at least a partial victory here. We'll have to look at the details carefully, but this looks to be a big retreat by Bush.

Karl Rove must have been worried about a bunch of folks out in the suburbs getting pissed when their overtime pay got slashed just before the election.

Posted by Nathan at April 20, 2004 10:07 AM