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Republicans critical of President's economic policy on overtime

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Republican reacted to the President's economic policy on overtime pay Thursday.

Governor Scott Walker, who welcomed President Obama to Wisconsin this afternoon, released a statement that said "The President's effort is a political pitch but the reality is this will lead to lower base pay and benefits and will cut workers' hours and flexibility in the workplace."

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce was also critical of President Obama's initiative. In a news release, the organization said in part, "There is a simple economic truism that if you make something more expensive, you get less of it. President Obama's overtime mandate makes full-time employment more expensive for employers. As a result, Wisconsinites will see less opportunity for full-time work."

A Republican National Committee spokesman is blasting President Barack Obama for his remarks in La Crosse.

Fred Brown called Obama's remarks partisan, and said Obama has presided over what he called "the weakest economic recovery in modern history."

President Obama spoke on the economy and its impact on the middle class during his speech at UW-La Crosse Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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