Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral
Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral

Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the 46th, and first African-American mayor of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City.

A fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Carter leads with an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources, and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city with a $50 College Savings Account, starting January 1, 2020.

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As the legislative body, the City Council is responsible for setting City policy through ordinances and resolutions. The Council also has sole responsibility for adopting the City’s budget. The Council legislates by passing Ordinances which become City laws. The Council also makes performance auditing decisions and monitors the operation and performance of city agencies and holds regular oversight hearings on city departments to determine how programs are working and whether budgeted funds are being spent well. In its decision-making roles, the City Council actively involves the public through its weekly public meetings.


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RELEASE: City of Saint Paul and community partners celebrate the grand opening of Uŋčí Makhá Park

8/9/2022 Parks & Recreation

New park space is the second grand opening at the Highland Bridge development, Uŋčí Makhá Park utilizes natural recreation areas and water features to connect to the surrounding geography

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Mayor Carter Announces $3 Million Bush Foundation Grant to Support College Savings in Saint Paul

7/29/2022 Mayor's Office

Major Investment Marks Effort to Sustain CollegeBound Saint Paul and Secure the Future of Young Saint Paulites

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Mayor Carter Announces New Efforts to Support Safer Outcomes in Neighborhoods Across Saint Paul

7/15/2022 Mayor's Office

Array of New Efforts Include the Launch of Project PEACE by the Office of Neighborhood Safety, and new Community-First Public Safety Investments Supported by City of Saint Paul American Rescue Plan Funds

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Last Edited: August 11, 2022