The sprint to the finish of the state legislative session is on and we need your voice to make sure affordable housing isn't left behind!
Thanks to your advocacy, MHP's push for a new state tax credit for affordable housing has gained strong bipartisan support. A proven tool, the Minnesota Tax Credit Contribution Fund (H.F. 4072 | S.F. 3301) would have an impact in communities statewide. But we need your help to keep this critical bill on lawmakers' priority list.
Please take just a few minutes to call the legislative leaders below, who will play a pivotal role ensuring the tax credit is included in the omnibus bills currently under consideration. When you call, introduce yourself by name and organization (if applicable) and simply tell them:
Thank you to [lawmaker name] for supporting the Minnesota Tax Credit Contribution Fund. Please ensure that this critical and proven tool is included in omnibus tax bill in coming days. Thank you again for your support of affordable housing statewide!
House & Senate Leaders
- Senate Majority Leader Paul E. Gazelka (R-09): 651-296-4875
- Rep Greg Davids (R-28B), Chair House Taxes Committees: 651-296-9278
- Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (R-31A): 651-296-5364
- Senator Jeremy R. Miller (R-28), Deputy Majority Leader and Chair, Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy: 651-296-5649
- Senator Torrey Westrom, (R-12), Chair of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance Committee: 651-296-3826
Thank you for your support! Read more updates from the capitol below!
Budget targets released
Last week, House Republicans released budget targets, which ensure omnibus bills will be introduced in committees soon. The number driving those budget targets is the $329 million surplus projected by the Minnesota Management and Budget.
While adjustments are expected, the House Republican budget supports an $825 million capital investment bill. This is significantly less than Governor Dayton’s $1.5 billion proposal, which included $100 million in housing infrastructure bonds and $15 million in general obligation bonds for public housing. The House also adopted a target of $15 million for the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Finance Bill, which includes housing (although the majority of the funding is prioritized for expending broadband internet across the state).
While the Senate Republican majority has not yet introduced its own budget targets, the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee released its omnibus bill on Friday, including appropriations recommendations on housing items. The current proposal has NO appropriations for MHP’s Tax Credit Contribution Fund, or for the Homes for All bill SF 3238 (funding Local Housing Trust Funds, Homework Starts with Home, and rental assistance for the mentally ill).
Join MHP at a hearing today, Monday April 16, at 3 pm at 1150 Senate Office Building on this omnibus bill.
Be Part of the Change: Advocate at the Capitol!
As we enter the final weeks of session, we need your help to build momentum for affordable housing legislation, including for our Tax Credit Contribution Fund (H.F. 4072 | S.F. 3301)! Legislators want to hear from their constituents and people who bring real world experience. Help us ensure legislators prioritize affordable housing in the omnibus bills and the bonding bill. Sign up to meet MHP's lobbying team at the Capitol,and connect with key legislators; your voice DOES make a difference!
Photo from left: Libby Murphy, MHP Deputy Policy Director, with Joe Wheeler from SEMMCHRA and Sen. Carla Nelson (R-26) at a hearing for the MN Tax Credit Contribution Fund
40+ Organizations Support MN Tax Credit Contribution Fund
Recently featured in Session Daily, bipartisan buzz around the Minnesota Tax Credit Contribution Fund is building as community leaders across the state recognize the potential of this simple, proven tool to create needed affordable housing in Minnesota. Thanks to chief authors Rep. Sara Anderson (44A-Plymouth) and Senator Carla Nelson (26-Rochester), the Tax Credit Contribution bill has had hearings in the Senate and in the House, with Senator Nelson requesting an additional hearing before the Senate Taxes Committee.
Homes for All Twitter chat!
Join MHP on Thursday, April 19, at 12 p.m. for the monthly #Homes4AllMN Tweetchat! We know the data is dire but numbers can’t convey the true urgency of the issue in Minnesota. We need lawmakers to hear the stories of individuals and families who struggle with housing stability in their communities. Will you join us by committing to be on Twitter during the chat and sharing stories from your organization or community?
Our Homes, Our Voices Rally at the Capitol!
Every day, thousands of Minnesota families are homeless or making dangerous sacrifices to simply pay their rent or mortgage. As part of the National Housing Week of Action, sponsored by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Homes for All will host a rally and open mic in the capitol rotunda for residents to share their stories and make our case for urgent investments across the housing continuum, from homelessness prevention to rental housing to homeownership.
$2M in Workforce Housing Funds Awarded
At its March meeting, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency board discussed updates on state and federal legislation, additional funding for the Homework Starts with Home program, $2 million in awards through the Workforce Housing Development Fund, and changes to the Annual Action Plan. Read more.