Election Issues

Court: $15 Minimum Wage Won't Appear On Minneapolis Ballot

By Associated Press | August 31, 2016 | SOURCE: Star Tribune

Minneapolis voters won't get a chance to vote this fall on whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a Hennepin County judge's order and ruled that the proposal won't appear on the Minneapolis ballot in November.

The Minneapolis City Council voted in August against adding the proposal to the November ballot. Supporters submitted a petition with thousands of signatures to the council. But City Attorney Susan Segal called the proposal an ordinance disguised as a charter amendment.

The state Supreme Court also ruled that Minneapolis voters won't vote on whether to amend the city charter to require professional liability insurance for police officers in Minneapolis.

The same Hennepin County judge determined that existing state law pre-empts the proposed requirement.