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: Missing Person: You Houa Thao
“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: WCCO Saturday Night Interview: Mike Kojonen Talks Finances For Mother's Day
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: Brother Fatally Shoots Sister Inside Chanhassen Home
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