Greg Copeland ran for St Paul’s Ward 6, an open seat vacated by the long time Councilman Dan Bostrom. His top position was and is now is to oppose the Organized Trash Ordinance in St Paul MN. That’s what the tag line “The Original Vote No Candidate,” refers to. Though Voting No is an easy position to take in St Paul as the DFL Controlled Government can’t say no to a new tax or freedom limiting ordinance or regulation. The unfairly, unevenly administered Organized Trash Ordinance was essentially a Garbage Tax hitting people hard on low incomes, zero-wasters, people who shared a garbage bin with a neighbor, and retired people on fixed incomes, while letting businesses and multiple unit apartment building landlords off the hook.
It should not come as a surprise as evidence on social media, Nextdoor.com and other platforms, residents are complaining about the lousy service and high Trash bills. Those who Voted Yes in the 2019 Referendum tend to come from more affluent neighborhoods and when compared to the Poverty Level stats you’ll see why those areas just east of Lake Como on the map above are not in favor of the “garbage tax.”
According to the website censusreporter.org House District 66B has 40% of Household children under 18 are living in Poverty and 15% of Senior Citizens are living below the poverty line, an estimated 26.7% of people are living in poverty in HD 66B according to 2018 census data. How do those people afford another increase in fees and taxes?
Is this Ethical?
Senator Marty seems to not to care at all in the upper middle class neighborhood he lives on the edge of Roseville and St Anthony. How does John live there on just a State Representative’s salary?
Senator John Marty, the author of SF 510 during the 2013-14 Session wrote the language to allow Organized Trash Ordinances to be enacted by cities. You can read how that bill went through the legislature at TrackBill.com Minnesota SF 510.
As seen in the Census Reporter link Senator John Marty doesn’t seem to care that the high poverty seen in the Eastern side of House District 66B was against his inspired Organized Trash Ordinance. Greg Copeland happens to live in that neighborhood of high poverty.
If you would like to reverse the unfairly applied Organized Trash Ordinance vote No to John Marty, Vote For Greg Copeland.
This article was re-posted by permission of the SD 66 Candidate Greg Copeland Campaign.