June 20, 2018, the MN Supreme Court recognized that citizens still have
& Joseph founding partner, Greg Joseph, represented residents of Bloomington, MN
to a Minnesota Supreme Court decision (the
that reinforces the right of
residents to determine their own trash haulers over mandated use of a hauler
selected by city officials.
On November 14, 2018, the St. Paul City Council voted 6-1, denying
citizens' right to submit trash Ordinance #18-39 to a ballot vote.
finding our Petition “legally sufficient,” the City claims that the subject
matter is “not appropriate to submit to the electorate.”
We (residents of St. Paul, MN)
strongly disagree, and in order to enforce our right to vote on
St. Paul's new trash plan, our only remedy is to sue the City. We
have retained Greg Joseph, the same attorney who successfully defeated the
pre-emption claim on behalf of residents in Bloomington, MN.
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addition to securing St. Paul residents' fundamental right to vote on
the new trash plan, we seek to return our City to a lower cost trash
collection system with a greater range of options, including opting out
and sharing services.
Instead of forcing residents to pay for unnecessary trash collection
services, we support more responsible lifestyles that emphasize
recycling and composting.
Our all-volunteer committee has registered our "St. Paul Trash
Lawsuit" as a Political Action Committee (PAC) in order to raise
the funds we need to pursue this lawsuit. We will comply with all
financial PAC reporting requirements and we hope that you will continue
to support our efforts by spreading the word to your neighbors and
friends in and beyond St. Paul.
In order for us to succeed in this effort, we seek your help. We
ask that you make a donation (in any amount) at the
link of our website. In order to start the lawsuit, we raised an initial
$15,000 to $20,000. If
the City continues to oppose our efforts, additional
funds (beyond that $20,000) will be required to carry our case through
the trial court, appellate court, and up to the Minnesota Supreme
Your contributions are Greatly appreciated: Time;
Expertise; $$; Etc.
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