One tax and price hike after another – Twin Cities

Increase after increase

I just saw the Pioneer Press article highlighting the planned property tax increase of 15-20% for next year. Within the last two weeks I received a letter from my homeowners association reporting a 22% increase in dues to be assessed next year.

I also received notice from my long term health insurance provider that I can expect a 52% increase in premiums over the next few years.

In addition, I received a notice of an 18% increase in my automobile insurance policy.

Of course, this is on top of the rising cost of energy for gas and electricity.

Let’s also not forget the rising cost of groceries (I went to the grocery store hungry for a BLT – at checkout I found I had just bought a $2 tomato).

I don’t know how long our economy can sustain any kind of job growth when so much of our income is spent on essentials. Somehow the government needs to get the spending and the taxes associated with that spending under control or we will start to see an increasing number of unemployed people.

Don Lohrey, Shoreview

What evidence suggests this will help, City Council?

I watched the St. Paul City Council hearing on Wednesday on proposed changes to the rent stabilization initiative passed last November by the citizens of St. Paul, to begin to address the housing shortage problem. affordable rental properties, especially for city residents with incomes at or below 30% of the average median income.

Council Speaker Amy Brendmoen defended her support for an amendment to exempt new builds from rent stabilization for 20 years, saying she had heard from several developers that they needed 30 years of rent stabilization. exemption to encourage them to invest in the construction of new housing in St. Paul.

I wondered why this concern of a few large developers should outweigh the votes of thousands of citizens of Saint-Paul. For many years there has been insufficient development of rental housing for low income residents on fixed incomes or the working poor. The failure to build such housing is a clear example of market failure. Developers have not built enough affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. As a result, we have homeless individuals and families, either in shelters or on the streets, endangering our public health at increasing cost to the city. So why give such a loud voice to a few developers who have failed the city, its people, and its public health and safety?

Why does the city council think that listening to the concerns of developers who have failed the city and its people in the past will make them do what they haven’t done all along?

Yes, developers can build more upper- and middle-income housing, but will they suddenly start building the low-income housing needed by St. Paul’s working poor and seniors? On what basis does the city council think this?

Since city council is now expected to vote this week to pass substantial restrictions on the rent stabilization initiative, I ask them to agree to hold a public meeting in a year’s time to determine whether their deference to developers has, in fact, led to the construction of more suitable housing for residents earning 30% AMI or less.

In the meantime, since this housing is inadequate, what is Council going to do to support the housing and care of our city’s homeless residents and its tenants who live on the edge of homelessness? When Council takes precedence over the voice of the majority of the citizens of St. Paul at its meeting this week, I suggest that setting a certain date for such a meeting is the least they can do.

Grant Abbott, St. Paul
The author is an Episcopal priest and retired executive director of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches (now Greater St. Paul Interfaith Action)

“That does not concern me”

I went to the beauty parlor the other day and mentioned the issue of abortion. I was shocked when the women said that the problem did not concern them, because they were past the age of childbearing.

Even if they didn’t want a better future for their descendants, voting the wrong way could still affect their lives and health. While the need for rape, incest, and birth control abortions has been magically eliminated, the procedure is still needed for incomplete miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and in utero deaths. If doctors are not licensed or available to perform surgery, how many women will die from these conditions?

If doctors are prevented from saving lives, we will lose them. Lack of OB/GYN doctors will increase maternal and child mortality and delay early detection of reproductive cancers.

Banning abortion would supposedly strengthen our families, according to some candidates. What if mom dies from otherwise treatable pregnancy complications? What about rape? How many seeds can you plant before he is caught? How many people will have to pay for his crimes? Who supports the children?

We need comprehensive sex education, including economic consequences, interpersonal relationships, and understanding medication.

“It doesn’t concern me” until the bill comes for the fallout, in the form of increased life insurance, health insurance and taxes.

Rochelle McDonald, Hastings

They didn’t shoot all the horses

When Henry Ford made the first Model Ts, they didn’t go out and slaughter all the horsepower – they went automotive by luring customers.

Sherco is our horse (workhorse) and builds additional efficient and safe nuclear power plants which can be our ever-improving Model T.

So many new green ideas (mandates can create resentment) are forced on the public before the negatives are overcome and are understood and corrected before another disaster befalls us.

Keep what works until it can be replaced with something that appeals and will seamlessly replace our current workhorse.

Richard Larson, Vadnais Heights

To fall down the stairs

I think the Nicholson family should get a refund (“Will St. Paul’s Stairs Ever Reopen,” September 1). It seems, once again, that St Paul failed to live up to the agreement they signed. (Pedro Park comes to mind.) St. Paul has done very little, which seems to be the way they handle things like this. Maybe they could start a go-fund-me program or use the wall as a training ground for the tech school people.

With the garbage program, we heard the city council say “we need to look into it” when issues were brought to their attention after the start. Years later, the problems persist. When will they stop studying things and do things instead? It would be very interesting to track the Nicholsons’ $83,000 to see where it was spent. I guess it wasn’t on the steps.

Dave DeBace, Cottage Grove

Richard L. Militello