Share story

WALL, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says President Donald Trump has rolled back pay requirements for outfitters and guides who operate on federal lands.

Zinke and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem made the announcement Friday in South Dakota.

Zinke says Trump exempted outfitters and guides who operate on federal lands from an executive order by President Barack Obama that raised the minimum wage for contractors. The exemption does not apply to lodging, food service or other businesses that operate on federal lands, such as national parks, monuments and recreation areas.

Zinke says Trump’s order “will have a positive effect on rural economies and American families.”

Noem, a Republican who is running for governor, says the order also will “help expand the kinds of experiences people can have in South Dakota.”