MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – In November, voters will decide whether minimum wage in the city of Minneapolis will be raised to $15 an hour.

Earlier this year, a group of community members, “15 Now,” collected nearly 20,000 signatures from residents in favor or putting raising minimum wage on the November ballot in Minneapolis.

It was turned in but rejected by the City Council earlier this month after the City Attorney said she didn’t believe it belonged on the ballot.

Attorney Susan Segal argued the petition did not meet legal qualifications. She said the proposal was “an ordinance disguised as a charter amendment,” and a charter does not petition to pass city ordinances.

Shortly after the City Council voted down the referendum, the group filed a lawsuit. They  said it had gathered the amount of signatures needed for an amendment to put it on the ballot.

On Monday, Hennepin County Judge Susan Robiner agreed with the group and ordered to prepare a ballot for the Nov. 8 election that includes that amendment.

Segal issued a statement following the decision.

“We are pleased with the court’s conclusion on the police liability insurance proposal, but respectfully disagree with the ruling on the minimum wage proposal. We are conferring with City leadership to determine the City’s response.”

The Minneapolis Downtown Council and Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce released a joint statement in reaction to the ruling. The statement read in part:

“We believe that the District Court ruling in this matter is wrong and we urge the City to appeal. The ruling creates an expansive and dangerous precedent and opens the door to initiative and referendum style governance in our City which is plainly not provided for by the Minneapolis Charter.”

It is not clear if the city intends to appeal the decision.

Comments (18)
    1. Dan Mack says:

      $100.00 an hour… and paid gang tattoos with funeral expenses. No need to show up or work. We will mail the checks out. That’s what taxes are for.

      1. Dan W says:

        You are not Dan Mack, this comment will be reported.

  1. Dan W says:

    This is the right decision by the judge, the City Attorney was wrong and the City Council folded in the face of pressure from businesses. This won’t effect small businesses, regardless of what many will try to tell you, but the large employers who always could afford this, will have to start paying a living wage.

    1. Dan Mack says:

      Everyone deserves the benefits of an easy life. That’s why we have open borders and invite all third world non-citizens, unskilled,illiterates, non-English speaking criminals, terrorists, and malcontents to enjoy the largess of the taxpayers in the Twin Sanctuary Cities. We award their children who cannot read, write, or make change for a dollar citizenship and a diploma to eliminate the diversity gap.. They should not be expected to acquire any skills or compete on an equal basis with those who do. This is the Great Welfare Society and those nasty capitalists that provide private employment should be stamped out so that only high paying union government jobs exist.

    2. you mean the businesses that have to lose money or raise prices which can in turn cause them to go out of business? of course they object. you mention large employers.. whom? target? there’s not a ton of large corporate businesses in downtown but there are a lot of locally owned smaller businesses. too bad for them huh?

      1. Dan W says:

        Companies with over 500 employees would have until 2020 to implement the wage and companies with fewer than 500 employees have until 2022, plenty of time to make adjustments.

        In the 70+ years that this country has had a minimum wage, every time an increase is proposed the same gloom and doom threats come out, none of the terrible things predicted have ever come to pass. Seattle has been doing just fine and many of the small businesses have seen dramatic growth in their own business, because people in the area actually have more disposable income.

        This is the right thing to do.

        1. adjustment to do what? lose money? how does time determine their ability to survive the loss of income? yes in decades we’ve always seen a mandated wage increase but we’re not talking a small one.. and by the time that one is fully in effect they’ll be forcing another one. it never ends and prices keep going up to reflect that. seattle has no conclusive evidence about their increase. there have been argument on both sides of the issue to show how each was right. but keep in mind the fallacy of your argument that people have more disposable income… where did that income come from? out of hte pockets of businesses that will raise prices to get it back. there’s more to factor in to the cost of living than buying retail. does $15 an hour do anything to solve the housing shortage in the cities? too few units have raised the cost to renters in an already tight market by opportunistic landlords. the new units going up are mostly upscale which the average tenant can’t afford. raising the minimum wage doesn’t change that and housing is the highest expense most minimum wage earners face. this is typical democrat bandaid mentality. throw money at it to distract and call it a win.

          1. Dan W says:

            They will have time to make whatever adjustments are necessary, they will eventually have to pay the wage, they’ll adapt, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to pay your employees a living wage.

            Very little, if any, price increases have ever been linked to an increase in the minimum wage, even though it’s always threatened. Did you know, a McDonald’s employee in Denmark earns over $20.00 per hour, gets fully paid vacation, sick time and family leave, and a Big Mack cost about a $.50 more? It’s worth it.

            Your rant about the cost and availability of housing was confusing, how does not raising the minimum wage address that? That’s a different issue, we’re just trying to address one issue at a time.

            It looks like it will be on the ballot in November, so if you’re opposed, vote no, but if you’re a business owner, you should start preparing for the increase, support for this is high.

  2. Funny- no one seems to complain about the CEO’s shipping jobs to China and paying themselves all the labor savings. This will be great for the economy as anyone who understands the multiplier effect can tell you.

    1. Dan W says:

      You’re exactly right and it looks like it has great support for the election in November…

    2. Beegee says:

      Not even the demonrats can stop a company from going overseas. Some people just lack the basic concepts of business.

  3. Kally Waters says:

    We have been lulled to sleep by the artificial low interest rates… once a correction happens inflation will make $15 an hour look like pennies.

    1. beegee says:

      I use to laugh at all the preppers and their talk. I’m starting to listen.