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New Year, New Biennium, New Governor, New House
When the legislature gavels in to begin a new legislative biennium, many issues are on the docket waiting to be addressed. Housing affordability is poised to be one of the key issues.
The challenge of addressing housing by state lawmakers will be met by a new legislative landscape following the 2018 elections. Atop state government will be former Congressman Tim Walz who was elected Governor. He will be joined by the legislature who make up the only split body in the country. The Minnesota house flipped majority control the DFL, while the Senate majority remains with Republicans.
The hard work of addressing the cost drivers impacting housing affordability now enters a new phase. As the leading voice for homebuilding and remodeling, BATC-Housing First Minnesota is pleased to see other stakeholders ready to join us in addressing this critical challenge facing all Minnesotans.
“The new legislature and Governor-elect Walz are fortunate to face housing challenges where there is broad, bi-partisan agreement in the identification of our affordability challenges,”-James Vagle, Housing First Minnesota Director of Advocacy
“The steeper challenge facing them will be to find consensus around housing initiatives that get to the root causes of our region’s broken housing eco-system,” Vagle continued.
The legislature convenes on January 8th and has until May 20th to finish its work.
We Need You! 3rd Annual Housing Day at the Capitol
No one knows the housing market better than you. Share your story in the new era. Legislators need to hear from you.
Join housing leaders from throughout the state on March 4th for the 3rd Annual Housing Day at the Capitol. Members of BATC-Housing First Minnesota will once again be teaming up with the Minnesota REALTORS ® to share the housing message with the legislature and new administration.
Register today at www.housingdaymn.org