In a Pioneer Press opinion piece, Downtown Alliance President Joe Spencer urged Saint Paul elected officials to continue prioritizing public safety as they finalize budgets for 2021.

“As with many things in 2020, this summer feels as if it were years ago,” said Joe. “But as year-end comes closer and local elected officials engage in budget conversations for 2021, my hope is that they will look to the past several months to help map out the future, however uncertain it may feel. Saint Paul’s recovery – particularly downtown – depends on it.”