At Issue -- August 18 |

At Issue -- August 18

Updated: August 18, 2019 09:21 PM

Banned from Israel
Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were both recently banned from taking a trip to Israel. Omar and Tlaib are among 17 members of Congress who recently voted against a resolution condemning a boycott movement against Israel. The leader of the Minnesota Jewish Coalition said Omar favors policies that could destabilize Israel. Meanwhile, Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips, who is also Jewish, defended Omar, saying he is appalled by the decision to ban her from entering Israel.

Minneapolis Budget
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has announced the city’s long-awaited budget. Included in the budget is money for new police officers, but not enough to add the 400 officers Police Chief Medaria Arradondo requested. Protesters became furious at the meeting, yelling at Mayor Frey. Mayor Frey said adding eight new beat officers, three sex crimes and domestic assault detectives and three traffic enforcement officers would be a small start. The Police Chief said any new officers would help.

St. Paul Budget
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter also delivered his budget plans for 2020. The new city budget has been set to $622,000,000. Carter is proposing a 4.85% property tax levy increase, which amounts to about $55 a year for a median home. The budget is expected to be voted on by December.

Northern Lights Lacrosse Festival
It has been more than a year since 16-year-old Archer Amorosi was killed in a confrontation with Carver County Sheriff’s Deputies. Now, his friends and family are trying to raise awareness on mental health issues in his honor. The “Northern Lights Lacrosse Festival” will be held on Saturday, August 24 at Badger Park in Shorewood. The goal is to honor Archer’s legacy and to bring attention to the importance of mental health in teenagers. Three of Archer’s friends organized the special event.

At Issue at the State Fair
“At Issue” will be recording at the Minnesota State Fair at Noon on Friday, August 23rd. It will be taped at the 5 Eyewitness News building at the corner of Chambers and Carnes. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

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