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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 program 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 public through its weekly public meetings.

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Mayor Melvin Carter Announces COVID Response Temporary Shelter Preparations at Two City Facilities For Emergency Overnight Use By Residents Experiencing Homelessness

11/24/2020 Mayor's Office

Harriet Island Pavilion and Duluth and Case Recreation Center to Be Staged and Available for Emergency Overnight Use by Residents Experiencing Homelessness As The City, Ramsey County, State of Minnesota, and Partners Work to Ready Additional Shelter Spac

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Mayor Melvin Carter Announces Community-First Public Safety Commission To Re-Envision Emergency Response In Saint Paul

11/17/2020 Mayor's Office

Commission Will Provide Recommendations to the Mayor and City Council In May 2021

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Last Edited: November 20, 2020