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St. Paul council to consider Carter budget

Plus: Klobuchar visits Iowa; Minnesota teachers not as diverse as students; St. Paul yard sign stolen, slurs written in snow on car; and more.

St. Paul City Council
MinnPost file photo by Peter Callaghan

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.”

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