Senator Tou Xiong Celebrates Passage of Wage Theft Prevention and Homelessness Study Provisions

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, May 6, the Minnesota Senate passed the Transportation, Housing, and Labor Budget Bill, which included provisions authored by Senator Tou Xiong (DFL-Maplewood) to curb wage theft and study homelessness. 

Senator Xiong’s wage theft legislation helps ensure that workers receive the wages they are due when working on publicly funded housing projects through the Minnesota Housing Finance Authority. These provisions also require developers to maintain a list of contractors working on projects and requires contractors that have previously been found responsible for wage theft to implement a wage theft prevention plan prior to receiving funding through the MHFA.

“In Minnesota, we believe that your labor deserves full and fair compensation,” said Sen. Xiong“We have seen numerous cases of wage theft in the construction industry and need to do better by these workers. Thanks to this legislation, when the Minnesota Housing Finance Authority provides assistance to developers with taxpayer funds, we can ensure that those workers are paid what they are owed.”

HF5242 also included Senator Xiong’s Wilder Homelessness Study, which is integral to our understanding of the homelessness crisis in Minnesota. This triennial study provides fundamental statistics for data-informed policymaking around the issues of homelessness. 

“Minnesotans are starkly aware of the rise in homelessness across our state,” said Senator Xiong. “We know that homelessness is the point at which so many other social and economic issues hit Minnesotans and preventing that requires a deep understanding of our homeless population. The data the Wilder Foundation provides is a fundamental tool for the legislature when we consider policies to reduce homelessness.”

You can learn more about the Wilder Foundation and their work here. 

The Transportation, Labor, and Housing supplemental budget bill passed the Senate 36-31 and awaits consideration in conference committee.

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Senator Tou Xiong represents Senate District 44 which includes Little Canada, Maplewood, North Saint Paul, and Oakdale. He is vice chair of the Energy, Utilities, Environment, and Climate Committee and serves on the Capital Investment Committee and the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee.
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