As a Councilmember, will you introduce a sick and safe time ordinance that will guarantee all workers in St. Paul access to sick time?
Yes. All employees should be able to earn paid sick time. Unfortunately, over 1 million Minnesota workers are denied this right, disproportionately ability to earn paid sick time is one important step we can take towards a fairer, more equitable economy people of color and low-wage workers. Requiring companies to give their employees the ability to earn paid sick time is one important step we can take towards a fairer, more equitable economy.
As a Councilmember, will you introduce and/or support an ordinance to ban Styrofoam containers in St. Paul within 12 months of being elected?
Yes. I fully support requiring that all food and beverage containers, both for dine-in and take-out use, be placed in reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging. Saint Paul already led the way on this issue with Minneapolis back in 1989 but our ordinances were vague and unenforced. Minneapolis updated its ordinance last year and we should do the same.
As a Councilmember, will you refuse to grant exemptions to St. Paul’s Living Wage Ordinance during your tenure as a City Councilmember?
Yes. Projects that receive significant taxpayer funding should pay their workers a living wage, period. That’s why we enacted our living wage ordinance in 2007, which unfortunately included a loophole by which businesses can apply for waivers on a case-by-case basis. I am committed to fully enforcing this ordinance by opposing waivers.
As a Councilmember, will you put forth a budget, or a budget amendment, that includes a plan for a minimum of $500,000 annually for the building of protected/buffered bike lanes?
Possibly. I fully support the significant bike plan we adopted in March. Successful implementation will require securing the needed funding, and I am open to considering an annual investment of at least $500,000 through the Public Works budget.