- Created: Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:16
- Written by Libby Murphy, Deputy Policy Director
With a divided legislature, Minnesotans anticipated a messy end to the 2019 session. Early on, pundits predicted gridlock. While we avoided a government shutdown, the end was messy, indeed. In a move that has almost become normal, Minnesota’s legislators finalized the State’s budget in a not-so-special, special session.
Partisan posturing caused much of the conflict between the Republican-controlled Senate and the DFL-controlled House. The need to invest in affordable housing, however, was practically undisputed. In the end, advocates worked with legislators and the Walz administration to secure $78 million in new investments for emergency shelter, rental assistance, and preservation and new production.
Photo: From left: MHP Deputy Policy Director Libby Murphy, Housing champion Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-66A), Pam Johnson of Twin Cities Habitat, and Kari Johnson of Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers pose with baby Frances in support of #Homes4AllMN in the final days of session.