Returning to the hospital where he was born, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will deliver the annual State of the City address today at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Coleman told MPR’s Tim Nelson that the speech will mention that St. Paul is showing signs of renewal. Cuts to local government aid will hurt, but the city’s budget is heading toward a long-term balance. And there are some signs of progress in addressing the home mortgage crisis, the mayor will note.
Coleman also thinks some long-awaited transportation projects look like they’re finally going to happen.
“There certainly is a lot of cause for optimism,” Coleman said. “I’m pretty excited about the fact that we’ve overcome major hurdles on the Central Corridor to get that project moving forward. And then you’ve got the announcement of the president’s deep commitment to high-speed rail across the Midwest and a line coming from Chicago to St. Paul. That’s pretty exciting.”
The speech is at 1 p.m. in the hospital’s new de Paul tower.