Hours before a constitutionally-mandated adjournment Governor Walz and legislative leaders announced that they have come to an agreement. But, it will take a special session and at least an additional three to four weeks to negotiate all of the details.
The three officials shared the toplines of the state’s $51 billion budget, but are leaving the specifics on policy pieces to legislative working groups to duke out before the agreed upon June 4 policy deadline. Governor Walz is expected to call the legislature back for the special session no later than June 14 in order to pass the agreed upon language.
However, July 1 remains the ultimate deadline in which the state government could enter a shutdown if the budget is not yet signed into law.
So what does this mean for housing policy proposals?
Since the legislature gaveled in on January 5, your Housing First Minnesota advocacy team has been advocating for the housing industry and homeowners at the Capitol. That work continues. Many positive provisions that have the potential to save homebuyers tens of thousands of dollars and would allow for the creation of more new starter homes remain in the discussion.
Additionally, a handful of negative policy proposals that would increase the costs of housing are still lingering. Watch for potential grassroot engagement opportunities to influence legislators as they negotiate the final deal.
The Housing First Minnesota advocacy team will continue to work closely working with legislators and staff as they have during the entire session as we approach the legislative finish line. Follow our Twitter for frequent updates and to stay engaged.