Betsy Hodges

Betsy Hodges was elected mayor of Minneapolis in 2013. Prior to that, the DFLer represented Ward 13 on the Minneapolis City Council.

December 10, 2016
Mayor Betsy Hodges listened to debate Wednesday night as she presented her 2017 Minneapolis budget for adoption by the City Council.

Mpls. property-tax rise doesn't match forecast by Truth in Taxation notices

The notices were printed before schools levy vote and do not include that calculation.
May 5, 2016

Minneapolis unveils details of proposed citywide sick-leave ordinance

The council will discuss the proposed citywide ordinance Thursday.
State + Local
April 27, 2015

Minnesota mayors make plea for state money to fix local streets

One proposal, in the Senate, would use a $10 license tab surcharge to provide funds for large and small cities.
State + Local
April 4, 2015

Mpls. mayor focuses on workers in 2nd State of City

In her second State of the City speech, Betsy Hodges did not call for a citywide minimum wage.
March 8, 2015

For Minneapolis officials, social media is tightrope of information sharing

Even before the recent online spat over a house demolition project, Minneapolis politicians found it a constant learning experience.
Mayor Hodges' first year
December 28, 2014

Mpls. mayor: Year had more successes than expected

Despite some rocky times, Hodges says she's pleased with the progress on her checklist.
State + Local
December 9, 2014

Mayor, police union chief move past #pointergate

Union head Delmonico and Minneapolis Mayor Hodges met for the first time since #pointergate erupted.
December 2, 2014

Minneapolis council trims mayor's budget

In a tight vote, council members opted to lower tax levy increase from 2.4 percent to 2.2 percent.
November 28, 2014
Mayor Betsy Hodges listened to the voting. The Minneapolis City Counc...

Minneapolis mayor's plan to advance racial equity is scrutinized

Mayor Betsy Hodges' proposal to create two jobs to support the issue has supporters and critics.
November 19, 2014

Minneapolis Mayor Hodges, police union chief to meet in wake of Pointergate

The mayor said she's hopeful the meeting will improve relations between her office and the union.
John Delmonico
November 14, 2014

Union head Delmonico back in spotlight with #pointergate

Clash over KSTP story is latest between John Delmonico and city leaders.
November 13, 2014

Tevlin: Little nonprofit is feeling the love in wake of 'Pointergate'

Last week, few people had heard of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC). Then a silly television story dubbed “Pointergate,” in which police officers accused Minneapolis…
November 8, 2014

Critics gang up after finger gets pointed at Minneapolis mayor

An allegation that Mayor Betsy Hodges displayed a gang sign in a photo with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change canvasser Navell Gordon set off a social media firestorm.
October 29, 2014

Minneapolis council leaders push back on mayor's budget

While most agree with Mayor Hodges' priorities, several want more focus on core services.
Mpls. police and mayor
October 25, 2014
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges listened as Minneapolis Police Chief Ja...

Sept. 27: Mayor Hodges defends police chief after meeting controversy

Community leaders continue to seek more face time.
Mpls. police-community forum
October 9, 2014

Minneapolis mayor: Some police officers 'abuse the trust'

Before appearing at a community forum, Betsy Hodges vowed to make repairing the department's reputation a cornerstone of her administration.
Mpls. gang violence
September 24, 2014

New violence has Mpls. groups calling to meet with mayor

Minneapolis activists want to talk to the mayor about gang shootings and violence.
August 14, 2014

All eyes on Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges' first budget

Proposal will have to pass muster with City Council newcomers.
State + Local
August 9, 2014
Minneapolis City Hall bell tower.

Race reshaping debate at Mpls City Hall

Minneapolis, with a close eye on how even the most routine practices affect minority groups, is hoping to make workforce more diverse.
August 3, 2014

After shying away from the spotlight, Hodges faces her first big test

After low-key first few months in office, mayor faces challenge and opportunity as she hammers out initial budget.
State + Local
July 15, 2014

Minneapolis mayor launches Best Week of Bragging Ever

With All-Star fans pouring into town, Betsy Hodges is urging folks to take to social media to show off the city.
Southwest LRT fight
July 12, 2014

How Minneapolis accepted Southwest Corridor light-rail deal

Prodded by a mediator, Minneapolis officials agreed to the light-rail route with promises of money for improvements. The City Council is expected to vote on it in late August.
Green Line
June 13, 2014

St. Paul bets on revival with Green Line light-rail train

When light-rail trains begin picking up riders Saturday in St. Paul, the city will enter the realm of 21st-century transit using the basic technology it rode to prosperity more than 100 years ago: rails.
Green Line
May 31, 2014

Soon-to-launch Green Line's role as a growth engine is so-so

At least $80 million has been invested over the past eight years, and there are concerns about whether the public investment will meet the goals of improving the economic bottom line.
April 25, 2014

Hodges sticks to familiar themes in first State of the City speech

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges hewed to a familiar message in her first State of the City address Thursday, saying the city cannot expand to a…