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
Last week, as Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges listened to debate as she presented her 2017 Minneapolis budget for adoption by the City Council, a major

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
Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges speaks at a news conference at the St. Paul office of the League of Minnesota Cities. More than two dozen mayors from M

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
Mayor Betsy Hodges spoke with Mohamed Barre’s 9-year-old twins, Ilham and Ilhan, all of whom attended the State of the City address.

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
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges posted this selfie from her trip to China on her Twitter feed.

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
Mayor Betsy Hodges joined a December protest against low wages for fast-food employees, part of effort to be involved and visible.

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
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau applauded during a community engagement forum at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Minneap

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 Mayor Betsy Hodges

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
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

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

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
“[John Delmonico] wasn’t always nice to me publicly, but I think that very much was part of his job.” Former Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan

Union head Delmonico back in spotlight with #pointergate

Clash over KSTP story is latest between John Delmonico and city leaders.
November 13, 2014
Mayor Hodges in a still from a video taken during a get out the vote effort in north Minneapolis.

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
Mayor Betsy Hodges in a still from a video taken during a get out the vote effort in north Minneapolis. The video by Neighborhoods Organizing for Chan

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
Jayne Miller, left, Park Board chief, and Julia Wiseman, finance director, went over their presentation Tuesday for the City Council.

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, shown in July, listened as Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau finished addressing reporters.

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 Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau at Wednesday’s forum. The mayor told attendees that it was crucial to “check bad be

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
Tuesday: A bullet hole marked a door at the Moto Mart in south Minneapolis, where three people were wounded.

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
Mayor Betsy Hodges

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.

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
The city budget is a key test for Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.

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
“When you go to their cities, talk about how disappointing [they] are compared to Minneapolis.”
Mayor Betsy Hodges

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
A view of the Kenilworth corridor neighborhood, where the Southwest light-rail line is proposed to run in Minneapolis.

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
Scenes from the Green Line in St. Paul.

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
Frogtown Square, with commercial space and senior housing, is among the new developments along the Green Line at Dale Street.

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
In her speech, Hodges lamented how few people know how great the city is. “We must shout out from the rooftops that Minneapolis is the best place on

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…