TRUMP CABI­NET TO IN­CLUDE PUZDER

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump names fast-food ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Puzder as head of the La­bor De­part­ment.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jon­nelle Marte

wash­ing­ton » Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump named fast-food ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Puzder, a vo­cal critic of sub­stan­tially in­creas­ing the min­i­mum wage and an op­po­nent of rules that would make more work­ers el­i­gi­ble for over­time pay, as his pick for head of the La­bor De­part­ment.

Puzder, who runs CKE Res­tau­rants, the par­ent com­pany of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., has been a harsh critic of rais­ing the fed­eral min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour, ar­gu­ing that it would in­crease costs for con­sumers and lead to fewer jobs.

He also op­poses the re­cently de­layed La- bor De­part­ment rule that aimed to make mil­lions more work­ers el­i­gi­ble for over­time pay.

As the head of a fast-food com­pany, Puzder is a sup­porter of the ap­proach touted by Trump on the cam­paign trail that low­er­ing taxes for cor­po­ra­tions and the wealthy and loos­en­ing reg­u­la­tions for busi­nesses can boost job cre­ation. He is a strong op­po­nent of the Af­ford­able Care Act, which he claims has hurt the restau­rant in­dus­try be­cause higher health pre­mi­ums have left con­sumers with less money to spend.

By bring­ing in Puzder, Trump is sig­nal­ing that he may scale back some of reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced by cur­rent La­bor Sec­re­tary Tom Perez. He will have the po­ten­tial to re­verse some of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s most no­table ef­forts to bol­ster pro­tec­tions for work­ers, fam­i­lies and re­tire­ment savers.

With the nom­i­na­tion of the fast-food ex­ec­u­tive, Trump brings another top fundraiser into his Cabi­net. Puzder sup­ported Trump’s race to the White House fi­nan­cially and served as an eco­nomic ad­viser to his cam­paign. He and his wife, Deanna, con­trib­uted $332,000 to help­ing Trump get elected.

Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Res­tau­rants, has been a harsh critic of rais­ing the fed­eral min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour.

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