A group of Democrats at the Minnesota Legislature proposes the state borrow one billion dollars, spend a billion dollars of the budget surplus and earmark one billion dollars ongoing to address what they call a housing crisis in Minnesota. That’s significantly more than Governor Tim Walz proposes in his budget but fellow Democrat, Richfield Representative Michael Howard says:
“One of the governor’s main policy planks is to end childhood poverty. I would argue you cannot end childhood poverty unless you end childhood homelessness.”
Howard, Burnsville Senator Lindsey Port and other Democrats want a billion dollars in bonding to increase housing supply… a billion dollars one-time for emergency rental assistance and manufactured housing… and a billion dollars in every state budget going forward for rental assistance to about 40-thousand families plus down payment assistance for homebuyers.