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Saint Paul City Council Shows Leadership with 4-3 Vote to Explore Sales Tax Increase

Leadership requires tough conversations and sometimes taking unpopular votes such as when the City Council voted 4-3 in early February to explore a possible 1% sales tax increase.  The money generated from this increase might be earmarked to pay for roads, housing, and pre-K programs.  This is a tough sell for many, in great part …

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In St. Paul, taxes rise and rise and rise. Can we talk more about this?

Late last month, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter proposed a supplemental budget in addition to the one he proposed in August, and the City Council must finalize the tax levy before Dec. 31. Do the mayor and City Council view the maximum levy of 22% as extra cash with which to pay for additional projects …

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US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program meets with Saint Paul STRONG

The U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program in Minnesota recently had a group of six visitors from around the world that were interested in speaking with Saint Paul Strong to learn more about the development of the organization and how Saint Paul STRONG supports nonpartisan community organizing and an open and representative government.  Members …

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Letters to the Editor: Why single out that candidate?

We couldn’t agree more that candidates need to “listen, explain and engage” with the residents, as Tane Danger wrote on Wednesday’s opinion page.  I do wonder why he singled out Patty Hartmann in the Ward 3 City Council race as not being available for a candidate forum.  That is far from the only time that has happened …

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Important 2019 St. Paul Election Issues Re: Transparency and Candor

The 2019 city election provides a unique opportunity to raise and discuss serious issues about how the city conducts its business when working within an effective community process.  The challenge is regarding transparency and candor. For too long, the city has relied on blind and obedient endorsements by a single-party city council of questionable and …

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St. Paul City Hall Continues to Hide Behind ‘Quasi-Judicial Authority’

The St. Paul City Council has two main roles. The first is legislative, and involves creating laws and ordinances that seek to benefit the health, safety and viability of citizens. The second is “quasi-judicial,” and requires the council to apply laws to make decide whether to allow a project to be built in the city. …

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