ST. PAUL VOTE NO ON TRASH COALITION TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE @ CITY HALL, TUESDAY, 2:00 P.M., FEATURING PETITIONER'S ATTORNEY GREG JOSEPH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST. PAUL, MN—The recent decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court in the matter of Clark v. City of St. Paul affirmed the right of St. Paul residents to place the trash referendum on the ballot on November 5th. The Court also clarified that a successful no vote would not invalidate (or "impair") the contract between the City of St. Paul and the consortium of haulers.
What the Court did not say was that the contract could not be changed or renegotiated if the Vote No effort prevailed at the polls. That issue was not before the Court.
Unfortunately, what the media reported--citing the talking points of Mayor Carter--is that the contract cannot be altered and that the only option for the city (if ordinance 18-39 is repealed) is to raise taxes to pay for the costs of trash collection in St. Paul.
Equally troubling are the headlines that accompanied this reporting, incl. phrases like "Minnesota Supreme Court: St. Paul has to pay haulers even if voters reject trash system" and "MN Supreme Court: St. Paul still owes trash haulers no matter Nov. 5 vote."
Surprisingly, no members of the media contacted attorney Greg Joseph, who successfully argued the case before the Minnesota Supreme Court, to get his perspective on what the Court ruling meant.
Now the media will get that chance.
Please join the petitioners in the lawsuit, members of the Vote No on Trash coalition, and Attorney Joseph for a press conference at City Hall tomorrow @ 2 p.m. to hear our perspective about the meaning of the SC decision and to allow Mr. Joseph to answer questions from the media.
Contact: Tom Goldstein
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