The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether charter amendment proposals on minimum wage and police insurance should end up on the ballot in Minneapolis this November.
- The Minnesota Supreme Court is getting involved in the fight for a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. Both received enough voters' signatures to warrant review by the Minneapolis City Council, but both were rejected. The city of Minneapolis, which had argued that neither plan fit into the narrow category of permissible charter amendments, appealed the minimum-wage decision.
The city of Minneapolis, which does not want the question on the ballot, is appealing a ruling from a Hennepin County Judge that states the question will appear come November 8.
The charter amendment would gradually raise the minimum wage for large businesses to $15 an hour by the year 2020.
The group filed a lawsuit, and last week a Hennepin County Judge ruled that the measure should go to a city-wide vote.
The justices showed concern over the wording in the proposed municipal ordinances and charter amendments during the morning hearing.
The campaign also is running phone banks and urging Minneapolis residents to call their council members and urge them to drop the appeal of Judge Robiner's decision. Robiner ruled the requirement would conflict with state law because it would add restrictions to the city's ability to cover officers. Absentee voting begins September 23.