Ohio court nixes complaint over Cleveland minimum wage issue

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a complaint from supporters of an effort to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage.

Backers collected 18,000 signatures in support of putting the proposal on the November ballot, but Cleveland City Council instead opted for a special election next May.

Supporters argued the signatures should have compelled the council to let the issue be decided in the general election. Cleveland.com reports the high court dismissed their complaint Wednesday, saying the matter “is not yet ripe for review.”

READ MORE: Cleveland voters to decide whether to increase minimum wage

The proposal would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour starting in January 2018. Then it would increase $1 annually over three years, to $15. The minimum wage would then be based on the cost of living index.

Ohio’s current minimum wage is $8.10.

 

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