Judge: Minneapolis Voters Should Decide $15 Minimum Wage
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A judge has ruled that a proposal to raise Minneapolis' minimum wage to $15 an hour should go on the city's ballot this fall.
Hennepin County Judge Susan Robiner has overruled the Minneapolis City Council. A majority of the council voted earlier this month against adding the proposal to the November ballot.
Supporters submitted a petition with thousands of signatures to the council. But City Attorney Susan Segal urged the council to reject it, calling the proposal an ordinance disguised as a charter amendment.
Cities including Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco have passed ordinances to raise the minimum wage to $15 over the next few years.
A representative for Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said it's unclear yet if the city will appeal.