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Capping rent increases stems neither the city’s affordable housing or deteriorating tax-base crises

By John Mannillo November 10, 2021

Saint Paul has allowed its property tax base to gradually erode over the years. The tax base is and always has been what pays for public safety, schools, libraries, parks and recreation, streets and now affordable housing in the city. It also pays off our public debt. For decades, the city has been increasing spending—mostly …

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Formula for low-voter turnout in Saint Paul city elections: Disenfranchisement

By Abu Nayeem November 7, 2021

For the 2021 elections, Minneapolis experienced a historical turn-out for an odd-year election with 56.5%, which is attributed to the policing amendment. In contrast, the Saint Paul voter turnout is around 34.4% which is 4% less than the last mayoral race in 2017. In layman terms, only 1 out of 3 registered residents voted. On …

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Which Mayoral Candidates are Committed to Transparent Government?

By Saint Paul Strong September 25, 2021

We asked all the candidates running in the 2021 Saint Paul Mayoral race whether they supported our six core principles. Find out what they said.

What should elections look like in a one-party town?

By David Greenwood-Sanchez, David Durenberger and Andy Dawkins September 15, 2021

This November, St. Paul will vote on who will lead the Capitol City for the next 4-years.  Seven candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to challenge incumbent Mayor Carter, all political outsiders who are not expected to present any threat to what should be a smooth re-election. This lack of electoral competition presents a …

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Politics trumps proper process in St. Paul

By Andrew Rorvig, Andy Dawkins and David Greenwood-Sanchez May 27, 2021

St. Paul has a strong mayor system of governance. But in a high-handed fashion the current mayor has decided, perhaps illegally, that his future campaign is more important than (a) what the law says, (b) what his Planning Commission recommended and (c) what the City Council decided. Neighborhood residents are up in arms. Mayor Melvin …

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