MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WCCO) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the City of Minneapolis’ authority to impose a minimum wage that’s higher than the state’s.
The ruling follows three years of legal fighting over the $15 minimum wage.READ MORE: How Do U Of M-Developed Apple Varieties Get Their Names?
“The battle over our minimum wage ordinance is over,” Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said. “Today’s ruling affirms the right to a living wage for thousands of workers and cements Minneapolis’ status as a city willing to fight for inclusive economic policies.”
Frey’s office said he has increased funding for enforcement of the minimum wage ordinance.READ MORE: Demolition Begins On St. Paul's Midway Shopping Center, Heavily Damaged During Unrest
The manufacturing and supplies company, Graco Inc., sued in 2017 to try to block the $15 wage from taking effect. Graco argued it would create a patchwork of compensation standards because of the state’s $10 an hour minimum wage for large businesses.
Minneapolis was the first Midwestern city to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage, which will be phased in gradually until it peaks in 2024.MORE NEWS: Cortez Banks Charged In Crystal Knife Attack; Victims Expected To Survive
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