Good morning, and welcome to Monday. Here’s the Digest.
1. Hundreds of people in the Twin Cities spent parts of the weekend marching and protesting after a Ramsey County jury found St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty on manslaughter and firearms charges for the shooting death of Castile during a traffic stop last July. They shut down I-94 in St. Paul Friday night, Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis on Saturday and streets in St. Anthony Village on Sunday. (MPR News)
2. Many Democrats issued statements after the verdict. Some of the candidates for governor called for changes in laws to try to prevent similar outcomes in the future. Others were more vague in their calls to action, simply calling for justice. Republican gubernatorial candidates and legislators, who have tended to defend police and work toward increased penalties for protesters, have been silent in official statements in the last week. (Pioneer Press)
3. As the Minneapolis City Council pushes this month toward establishing a $15 minimum wage by 2022, there’s uncertainty how such a policy would play out. No other city nationwide has a minimum wage that high yet. Several cities have passed wage ordinances similar to what Minneapolis leaders are considering, but they are phasing the increase in gradually. What research is available shows low-wage workers in cities and states that have passed minimum wage ordinances are making more. But some of the small businesses that employ them are struggling with the added costs and are choosing to raise prices or hire fewer people to make ends meet. (Star Tribune)
4. St. Paul’s DFL party won’t have an endorsed candidate on the ballot for mayor this fall. The party adjourned its city convention Saturday night after a five-ballot battle failed to give any of the four contenders the 60 percent support the party required to endorse a candidate for mayor. Former city council member Melvin Carter led the voting all day Saturday. He also topped 50 percent after the first ballot, and at one point doubled his closest rivals, city council member Dai Thao and former city council member Pat Harris. But that wasn’t enough to win the endorsement. (MPR News)
5. Minnesota hospital executives expect big hits to bottom lines and possible service disruptions if Congress approves President Donald Trump’s proposed budget or the U.S. Senate passes a health care reform bill like one approved by the House. Either action could add millions to the ranks of uninsured patients across the country. Health executives interviewed by the Star Tribune expect uncompensated care to rise significantly under the health care delivery plans now on the table, and the effect on business operations for one of the state’s major economic sectors could cut deep. (Star Tribune)