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Cleveland City Council voted down a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Cleveland.

The 16-1 vote only saw Councilman Jeff Johnson vote in the affirmative to approve a minimum wage hike in the city.

This was the third reading of the ordinance.

Councilman Jeff Johnson attempted to revert back to the second reading of the ordinance, which would have allowed for a “phase-in” approach for a wage hike.

The motion failed.

“It’s leaving 601 Lakeside and it’s time to take it to the people,” Johnson said to uproarious applause.

Johnson was referencing the Ohio Supreme Court.

Currently, allowing voters to either approve or reject a wage hike, sits before the Ohio Supreme Court.

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