The Senate Republican plan for housing this week passed the Finance Committee. The bill totaled $50 million for housing in Minnesota – $350 million less than the governor’s proposal. The bill nullifies the votes of over 100,000 people who supported rent stabilization in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and it limits how local units of government can govern housing development.
Senate DFLers moved to add the governor’s proposal to the bill but it failed to garner any Republican support. DFLers also tried to add money for Homework Starts with Home, a program targeting school-aged children and their families. Senate Republicans opposed funding for this program. Senate DFLers will continue to fight for stronger investments in housing as the bill moves through the legislature. (SF 3994)