Saint Paul thinks big with plan for downtown River Balcony

Saint Paul residents learned about master plans for the River Balcony, a 1.5-mile elevated pedestrian walkway along the Mississippi River in Saint Paul that will extend from the Science Museum of Minnesota to the Union Depot, at a community meeting tonight. First envisioned in Saint Paul’s 2013 Great River Passage Plan, the River Balcony will create vibrant open spaces above the river; provide new visual and physical connections between downtown and the Mississippi River; and accommodate walking, outdoor seating, gathering, and public activities.

Learn more in this Star Tribune article.

The $900 million question

Heading into the 2016 legislative session, Minnesota legislators generally agreed that transportation, taxes, and a bonding bill were their priorities. However, with less than a month until the Legislature adjourns, the fate of these issues – and many others – remains uncertain. Of more than 7,500 bills introduced in the House and Senate this biennium, only a small fraction will become law. In fact, only 77 laws were enacted in 2015 and only seven so far in 2016.

Governor Dayton, House Republicans, and Senate Democrats have all released proposals to spend (or save) the state’s projected $900 million surplus. If leaders reach an agreement on spending priorities and bonding, the potential for other achievements remains strong. But presently, their proposals differ dramatically:

Governor Dayton: $698 million in new spending + $1.4 billion in bonding

Senate Democrats: $798 million in new spending + unknown amount in bonding

House Republicans: $0 in new spending + $600 million in bonding

The Goff Public government relations team will be busy until the moment of adjournment on May 23, helping our clients proactively pass legislation, defend their interests, and navigate the complex political process.

Contact Elizabeth Emerson, director of government relations, for more information on our full scope of lobbying and advocacy services.

 

 

Saint Paul building comes down to make way for Little Mekong Plaza

A vacant building along University Avenue was leveled today to make room for a new privately owned public space – Little Mekong Plaza. The new landmark and gathering space will reflect the Hmong, Vietnamese, and other ethnic and immigrant communities that live and operate businesses in the area.

Little Mekong Plaza is one of many investments the City of Saint Paul has made as a part of its effort to support vibrant places and spaces throughout the city.

Learn more about Little Mekong Plaza in this Star Tribune article.

 

Her Majesty Queen Noor speaks at Judson University’s World Leaders Forum

Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan captivated a crowd of 450 people who gathered for the World Leaders Forum today at Judson University. A world-renowned humanitarian activist, Queen Noor addressed topics such as Syrian refugees, women’s empowerment issues in the Middle East, and global peace.

This is the third year that we have helped Judson University raise awareness for its signature event, the World Leaders Forum, in Elgin, Illinois.

Learn more about this year’s World Leaders Forum in this Northern Public Radio article.