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Hodges opposes Minneapolis-only minimum-wage hike

Plus: more parklets for Minneapolis; morning snow causes accidents; UMD loses LGBTQ-friendly designation; and more.

Mayor Betsy Hodges
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen

Disappointing news for advocates who are seeking a Minneapolis-specific $15/hr minimum wage: Mayor Betsy Hodges told the Star Tribune she’s opposed to the move. It’s not that she’s against raising the minimum wage generally — she just doesn’t believe Minneapolis should make the move on its own:

Hodges said she believes wage increases should occur on a broader level than individual cities. She said she backed Minnesota’s recent move to gradually increase the statewide minimum wage to $9.50 for employees of large businesses and $7.75 for small businesses.

“I want to be clear: I support, I believe that the minimum wage should be higher,” she said. “I believe it should be higher nationally, I believe it should be higher in the state.”

So, maybe no rise on the minimum wage for Minneapolis. But you know what Minneapolis is definitely going to get? More parklets! Look for the tiny green spaces to start popping up in parking spots around the city this spring. [Finance and Commerce]

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Last night’s dusting of snow in the metro resulted in the usual havoc: KSTP reports 305 crashes in the area, caused by “deceptively slippery” roads.

But, again, at least we’re not Boston. [MPR’s NewsCut]

In other news…

CampusPride pulls UMD LGBTQ-friendly status over hockey-coach firing [CampusPride]

Another day, another development in Minneapolis. [WCCO]

N.D. House Republicans cancel prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday [Forum News]

The Audubon Center of the North Woods — a wildlife rehab center — is also one of Minnesota’s largest charter school authorizers. [ProPublica]

Suburbanites trained on coyote coping [MPR]