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 fifth-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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City Council

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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Latest News

Habitat Construction Begins at The Heights on Saint Paul’s East Side

6/14/2024 Planning & Economic Development

Over the coming five years, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will develop nearly 150 affordable homeownership opportunities on four city blocks.

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Neighborhood Development Center Announces Opening of Grant Applications for MN PROMISE Act Funds

6/10/2024 Planning & Economic Development

The grant money is available to eligible disadvantaged small business owners and non-profit organizations, and can be utilized for working capital, payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, equipment, and other essential operational costs. 

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Saint Paul Closes Water Street on Wednesday, June 5 Due to Anticipated Flooding

6/4/2024 Public Works

Several areas, trails, and facilities in Saint Paul parks are also temporarily closed due to rising water levels of the Mississippi River

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Saint Paul to Grow the EV Spot Network with the East Side Expansion Project

5/30/2024 Public Works

Saint Paul to add 10 additional public charging station locations on the East Side of Saint Paul

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Last Edited: June 17, 2024