The Supreme Court of Kentucky has ruled local minimum wages invalid in the cities of Louisville and Lexington. In a 6-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled that the two communities lacked the legal authority to establish specific minimum on private employers. The case was initiated in 2014 after Louisville became the first community in the state to establish its own minimum wage, raising the minimum from $7.25 to $7.75 last year. The city of Lexington then followed the Louisville lead in November 2015, passing an ordinance hiking the minimum to $10.10 over three years. The first of those increases took place this past July 1 with the wage increased to $8.20 an hour. Elsewhere, minimum wage advocates in Cleveland are taking their initiative to the voters in the spring after the Cleveland City Council overwhelmingly (16 opposed, 1 in support) voted down the $15 per hour proposal. Now, the Cleveland only issue will go before city voters in a special election on May 2 as time constraints blocked it from the November 8 ballot. If it passes in May, the $8.10 current minimum would jump to $12 in January 2018, then increase by $1 in each of the three subsequent years. The wage would then be tied to inflation.