Special Reports

St. Paul thwarts citizen participation in public policy

The good news is that St. Paul invites citizens to serve on a variety of boards and commissions. The bad news is that information about these opportunities is inconsistent and confusing, and the appointment process lacks openness, transparency and accountability. The city’s website states: “The city of St. Paul has over 30 boards and commissions …

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If used properly TIF boosts development interest in Saint Paul

                                                                      John E. Mannillo                                                                         June 1, 2015                                                         Tax Increment Financing (TIF), in theory can be a good tool for attracting private development in the City of Saint Paul.  The basic idea is that “but for” the availability of the financing, a new project would not go forward and the city and other taxing …

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