St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s plan to dip into federal CARES Act funding to launch $500 monthly payments to 150 low-income families impacted by the pandemic has run into questioning from a federal lawmaker from his own city and party.
On Wednesday, several members of the St. Paul City Council appeared ready to vote in favor of using $300,000 in CARES Act money to get Carter’s “People’s Prosperity Pilot” off the ground. The mayor has said philanthropy will otherwise fund most of the $1.5 million, 18-month demonstration project.
Minutes before the council meeting was to start, however, city staff reviewed a letter of concern from U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, who questioned whether the pilot project met federal requirements for CARES Act spending. The St. Paul Democrat also questioned whether it would stand up to a legal fight from the Trump administration, if