Sequestration Impacts Hit Home

Sequestration, automatic across-the-board cuts to federal defense and non-defense discretionary spending, was meant to be a disincentive for political gridlock.  However, it apparently did not serve its intended purpose as federal lawmakers were not able to agree on a deficit reduction package by the March 1st deadline. Though advocates hoped Congress…

Homes for All gaining momentum at the Capitol

The Homes for All bills to help stabilize families with affordable housing, prevent homelessness, and create housing that serves our state’s workforce continue to move forward, and support is growing. Over 70 organizations have now endorsed our coalition’s legislation requesting a $50 million increase in state funding split between…

Housing and Homeless Budgets Head to Conference Committees

We are just three weeks away from the official end of legislative session, and nearly every day brings a new development at the Capitol. The 80 Homes for All organizational members and many more individual supporters have been lending their voices to ensure that thousands of low-income Minnesotans avoid homelessness…

THUD funding shortfall bad news for housing

In mid-April, the Obama administration released its 2014 budget. MHP reported that while the budget was focused solely on renewing, rather than creating, affordable housing, we were nonetheless pleased that the administration recognized the need, for the most part, to keep families in stable housing. Unfortunately, the House Committee on Appropriations…

Complete tax reform: peril and promise for housing

In an ongoing effort to overhaul the tax code, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made an announcement recently that the Senate would be taking a “blank state” approach to tax reform. They said that this means everything will be taken…

Shutdown + Sequestration Double Whammy

Federal budget debates have dominated 2013, particularly since the sequestration cuts went into effect in March. The conversation was elevated to a new level with the federal government shutdown on October 1. How does the shutdown – due to stalled budget negotiations and politicking – affect housing, both nationally and…

Governor Dayton Prioritizes Housing

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…