Mayor Jacob Frey gave his 2022 State of the City address via a video recording on April 26. In it, he highlighted changes within city government and his spending proposal for the $43 million of remaining funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The address was given a day before the release of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights findings of police civil rights violations. “This spring season has cast a new light across our city, bringing with it a palpable renewed sense of hope and optimism,” he said. “From meetings in city hall to conversations at the many groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, I’m struck by a newfound sense of purpose and focus, a resolve to attack the day with purpose.” His spending plan includes funding for affordable housing, public safety, and economic recovery, as well as climate and public health. The council began meeting to discuss the proposal on May 6, held a public hearing on May 16, and is expected to consider amendments and approve a final budget for the funds on May 26.
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