St. Paul mayor wants $1 million more for public safety

Request adds to 2020 budget

WCCO Radio Newsroom
November 20, 2019 - 5:32 am

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Wednesday will ask the City Council to add more than $1 million to the 2020 budget for public safety. The request comes as the city looks for long term solutions to solving ongoing violence.

More than $170 million has been requested in public safety funds for the 2020 budget. That budget will be considered for approval in December.

29 people have been killed and 147 people have been shot this year in St. Paul. The 29 homicides are inching closer to the all time high of 34 homicides back in 1992.

"This is a comprehensive problem that requires comprehensive solutions," Carter said. "Our police officers do incredible work for us everyday, but our police officers cannot do it all by themselves."

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Mayor Carter's proposed 2020 budget has been criticized because it cuts officer positions. However, Carter has stated that the sworn force will still be the city's largest ever.

Wednesday's St. Paul City Council meeting begins at 3:30 p.m.

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