Bloomberg Law
Feb. 9, 2022, 6:34 PM

Republican-Led States Sue to Block Federal Contractors’ Pay Hike

Joe Schneider
Joe Schneider
Bloomberg News

A group of Republican-led states is suing to block an executive order by President Joe Biden that boosts the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour, accusing him of “social engineering by executive fiat.”

Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska and South Carolina allege that Biden is trying to bypass Congress’s rejection of the wage increase in a coronavirus relief package by using the executive order, which also requires contractors to pay more overtime.

“The United States is not a dictatorship,” the states said in a draft complaint, which Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said was filed in Arizona federal ...