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What we’re hearing: Ideas to improve rent control in Saint Paul

By Saint Paul STRONG April 11, 2022

With just over a month to go until Saint Paul’s controversial rent stabilization ordinance goes into effect, the path forward seems murkier than ever. The Mayor’s 41-member advisory panel might represent some opportunity to improve the ordinance and ensure it delivers on its promises. Time is running out quickly to adhere to the May 1st …

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What is the mayor’s rent-control group doing? How will we know?

By Andy Dawkins April 1, 2022

The longer St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s ad hoc Rent Stabilization Stakeholders Group meets the more confusing its deliberations become. Saint Paul STRONG (SPS) is concerned that recommendations to clarify the city’s new rent control ordinance will neither be effective in (1) involving the public in this important discussion, nor (2) provide a road map …

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Questions surround Mayor’s Rent Stabilization panel

By Andy Dawkins March 5, 2022

Saint Paul STRONG Media Alert After observing the first two meetings of Mayor Carter’s 41-member Rent Stabilization Stakeholders Group, Saint Paul STRONG (SPS) is concerned that it will neither be effective in (1) involving the public in this important discussion, nor (2) coming up with recommendations for the City Council and the Mayor on how …

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Rental Housing Panel identifies issues and solutions – will the Mayor’s Advisory Panel consider them?

By Saint Paul STRONG February 26, 2022

The Saint Paul STRONG rental housing panel brought together experts to explore the issues that led to the November 3rd referendum and suggest how we can move forward. With no official action in over 3 months since the rent control referendum passed on November 3rd, Saint Paul STRONG convened a panel discussion on February 8 …

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

By Tom Collins 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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