Matthew Cunningham-Cook: Nowhere to hide
By an overwhelming voice vote after only a few minutes of discussion from the floor, Amherst Town Meeting voted to "dismiss" the only article on the warrant which would have asked the State Legislature to give Amherst the power to enact a $15/hour minimum wage law.
By dismissing the article rather than simply voting no, the legislative body guaranteed there can be no voter referendum of tonight's action. If proponents of the article collected 880 signatures by March 26 it would have forced a special election. An election in Amherst costs taxpayers $12,000.
Umass Prof Jeanette Wicks-Lim (also involved in ARPS school peanuts ban) speaks in favor
At one point Vince O'Connor suggested a motion to refer the article to the Select Board (also referendum proof) for further study, but Chair Stephanie O'Keeffe spoke emphatically against that pointing out they already rejected the article and it's up to the proponents to do their homework.
Amherst Select Board voted Monday night unanimously to "not support"