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

By Andrew Rorvig, Yusef Mgeni and Jack Hoeschler | November 27, 2019 | Comments Off on 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

By Saint Paul STRONG | November 4, 2019 | Comments Off on 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?

By John Mannillo, Yusef Mgeni and Laura Goodman | October 31, 2019 | Comments Off on 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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Trash Talk? It’s just beginning of what ails St. Paul

By David Durenberger and Shirley Erstad | October 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Trash Talk? It’s just beginning of what ails St. Paul

As mayor plans to honor garbage contracts despite vote, money would be better pointed to housing, potholes and reducing violence.

Saint Paul City Council Candidate Forums

By Saint Paul STRONG | October 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Saint Paul City Council Candidate Forums

On October 8th and 9th 2019, Saint Paul STRONG hosted two candidate forums featuring candidates for City Council in partnership with SPNN. The full recordings are available below:

Trash, fees, franchises … St. Paul keeps making costly legal mistakes. Why?

By John Mannillo and Andrew Rorvig | June 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Trash, fees, franchises … St. Paul keeps making costly legal mistakes. Why?

Some people think St. Paul’s current organized trash collection system stinks. No matter where you side on that issue, I think we can all agree that the legal missteps the City made in moving forward with that system were particularly foul. Simple analysis in 2017 should have led officials to understand that a referendum could …

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Let’s know more before we let St. Paul levy more fines

By Grace Schmitt and Laura Goodman | May 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Let’s know more before we let St. Paul levy more fines

St. Paul’s City Charter is the city’s version of its constitution. It should not be easy to change. Yet, without much if any public awareness, input or debate, our City Council is on the verge of adopting an ordinance to amend the City Charter to give the Council broad power and authority to impose civil …

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Hearings on St. Paul Land-Use Issues Are So Much Wasted Breath

By Andrew Rorvig | April 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Hearings on St. Paul Land-Use Issues Are So Much Wasted Breath

There appear to be numerous opportunities for citizen engagement on land-use issues in St. Paul.  The process is usually initiated by the Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED). A vetting by the local district council follows. Next is an intermediary review with public hearings before the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) or Planning …

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DFL Endorsement Process Picks Favorites, Discourages Newcomers, Limits Debate

By David Durenberger, Shirley Erstad and John Mannillo | February 6, 2019 | Comments Off on DFL Endorsement Process Picks Favorites, Discourages Newcomers, Limits Debate

Saint Paul STRONG is a non-partisan organization. Our mission is to improve open and representative government by encouraging and supporting open and transparent public processes, engaging and empowering resident participation and building a stronger, more inclusive Saint Paul. Anyone who has been around Saint Paul politics for long recognizes that, for all intents and purposes, …

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St. Paul elections: DFL is trying to put a thumb on the scales

By David Durenberger, Shirley Erstad and John Mannillo | February 2, 2019 | Comments Off on St. Paul elections: DFL is trying to put a thumb on the scales

Opinion editor’s note: This article was submitted by David Durenberger, Shirley Erstad, John Mannillo and the other members of the steering committee of Saint Paul STRONG, which describes itself as “a nonpartisan, community-led organization dedicated to improving open and representative government.”­ Durenberger is a former U.S. senator from Minnesota. Erstad is a former candidate for the …

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