August 13, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis City Council voted 10–2 Aug. 5 to block a ballot initiative that would amend the city charter to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The Council made the decision after City Attorney Susan Segal declared that the initiative was not a valid charter amendment because it was “legislative in nature,” not a measure to change the way the city is administered. Supporters of the $15 minimum wage are planning a lawsuit to get the measure on the ballot. Bruce Nestor, a member of the “15 for Minneapolis” legal team, accused the Council of using procedural issues to mask “their policy and political objections to the proposal.” “The city clearly has the power to establish a minimum wage,” he said in a statement. “While it could be done by ordinance through City Council action, it can also be accomplished by amending the charter.” The Council also voted to set up a committee to draft a minimum-wage ordinance to be introduced next year. Read more