Minneapolis could vote to raise the minimum wage to $15 this fall


It's looking more likely that people in Minneapolis will be able to vote on whether to raise the minimum wage.

Minneapolis activists are delivering a petition with 20,000 signatures to city hall on Wednesday in hopes of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to their organization 15 Now Minnesota.


Organizers needed 6,869 signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. However, there are still some legal hurdles they must overcome before the measure is a sure thing.

The Minneapolis City Council must still decide if the city can legally move forward with the measure, reports the Star Tribune.

15 Now Minnesota, along with Neighborhoods Organizing for Changeexplained Monday that it's legal since the signature requirement was reached and the measure would not conflict with state or local law.

Plus, the city has general welfare powers that give it the authority to regulate businesses and protect workers, said Laura Huizar, an attorney with National Employment Law Project, according to the Southwest Journal.

The National Employment Law Project has been a driving force in the minimum wage movement across the country. It also released this legal memo explaining how Minneapolis can legally move forward with raising the minimum wage through a charter amendment.

Last fall, the City of Minneapolis launched a study to review the economic impacts of raising the minimum wage. It has not yet been completed, The Journal says.

Minnesota's current minimum wage is $9 for large employers and $7.25 for small employers. It will rise to $9.50 and $7.75, respectively, on Aug. 1.

Raising awareness

Local advocates for raising the minimum wage staged a walk on East Lake Street in Minneapolis to bring attention to their efforts, before bringing the signatures to Minneapolis City Hall, KARE 11 says.

You can watch the event live below:

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If the measure gets on the ballot and passes, Minneapolis would join a list of cities that have also raised their minimum wage to $15, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., reports The Huffington Post.

Other cities have voted to raise the minimum wage as well, just not as high as $15. You can check out the full list here.

Here are some of the photos from Wednesday's walk:





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