St. Paul council to consider Carter budget

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Big plans in St. Paul. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s 2019 budget proposal seeks to fill more potholes, expand funding for anti-poverty initiatives and recreation centers, and bolster the city’s housing efforts. None of it will be free. … In August, Carter proposed a $16 million increase to the city’s tax levy — an 11.5 percent tax hike to fund city services for the next year. … Double-digit increases aren’t unprecedented in St. Paul, but they can be a difficult sell for property owners.”

Today’s “Klobuchar 2020” story comes courtesy of MPR. Mark Zdechlik writes: “Several dozen Iowa Farmers Union members applauded Saturday as a special guest prepared to speak at their annual convention: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. … ‘It is great to be back here,’ Klobuchar said, joking: ‘As I’ve said many times, I can see Iowa from my porch.’ … It was a warm welcome back to a state that Minnesota’s senior senator has visited numerous times over her 12 years in office. But those visits are getting more attention now that Klobuchar has acknowledged — however tight-lipped — that she’s mulling a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. … ‘Obviously people have been talking to me about this, including down here, but I don’t have any announcements to make today,’ she said Saturday.”

Minnesota’s teachers don’t look like Minnesota’s students. The Star Tribune’s Faiza Mahamud and MaryJo Webster report: “Across Minnesota, as the student population becomes more racially diverse, the number of teachers of color is not keeping pace. Since the 2006-07 school year — when this year’s high school graduating class was in first grade — the number of K-12 students of color has exploded, while that of teachers of color has barely budged, a Star Tribune analysis of state education data reveals. The disparity is even more pronounced in some rural and suburban school districts.”

Yikes. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “A St. Paul resident’s yard sign was stolen, and the words ‘KKK’ and ‘Jew’ were etched in snow on a car parked in front of her home. … Shannon Kearney told fellow Macalester-Groveland residents in a neighborhood Facebook group on Thursday that she came home and found the ‘disturbing message’ on the car in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Pascal Street.”

In other news…

Twerkey cake take:‘Twerkey’ cake: How Minnesota’s viral Thanksgiving treat hurts strippers” [City Pages]

Look who’s back:No joke: Hootie & the Blowfish, ‘Weird Al’ announced as first Minnesota State Fair concerts of 2019” [Star Tribune]

The things you can get Favre to say for $500:Report: Brett Favre Tricked Into Recording Video With Anti-Semitic Messages” [WCCO]

When you wish upon a star:Minnesota native Olivia Oltmanns set to skate as Elsa in Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic in St. Paul” [KSTP]

Success a real mixed bag:We Are Nuts: The Midway St. Paul nut store with a long legacy and a cult following” [City Pages]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bob Barnes on 12/03/2018 - 09:43 pm.

    Why does the skin color of students and teachers matter? It shouldn’t.

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