- Created: Friday, 17 January 2014 04:34
- Written by Chip Halbach
This past Wednesday, Governor Dayton introduced his 2014 bonding proposal, in advance of the 2014 legislative session (which begins on February 25). The proposal includes $50 million for housing investment, which would be the largest bonding investment for housing in Minnesota history. Advocates, including MHP, are grateful to Governor Dayton for prioritizing housing in his budget, and are thrilled with this "running start" to a session that puts housing first!
Homes for All, an advocacy alliance of local and state housing and homelessness organizations, recognizes the extensive needs of Minnesota's homeless and low-income residents and is requesting that the bonding amount be increased to $100 million. This would jump-start the $1.1 billion in shovel-ready projects waiting for funding and complete overdue public housing repairs. The Minneapolis Star Tribune expressed its support for this $100 million level in its January 10 editorial.