This Week at the Capitol
Welcome back to This Week at the Capitol! Legislators were out last week (technically, week twelve) for their Easter/Passover break.
This past week, lawmakers heard from housing advocates a lot! We were out in full force with Habitat’s Day on the Hill on Tuesday, and then MCCD members and partners spent additional time at the Capitol the rest of the week participating in even more speed lobbying. All of that time in front of lawmakers seems to be paying off, and housing continues to be on the table as bonding negotiations continue.
At the Homes for All Rally, we had a bipartisan group of lawmakers who turned out to address supporters including; Senators Miller (R) and Hayden (DFL), Representatives Howes (R), Swedzinski (R), Hausman (DFL) and Met Council Chair and President & CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Susan Haigh. The rally caped off an exciting day where Habitat supporters spoke with their lawmakers in support of housing in the bonding bill. You can read more about the day and see some great photos here.
On Thursday, lawmakers in the House took up the State Capitol restoration bonding bill, which was intended (by some) to be the precursor to the larger bonding bill. The Capitol restoration bonding bill failed to gain the super majority it needed for passage by just one vote, the final vote count being 69 GOP votes in favor and 11 DFL votes in favor. Many Democrats voted against the bill because they felt unsure that there would be a second bonding bill, and were unhappy with the proposed dollar amounts they had been given for a second bonding bill. If we are to pass a bonding bill this session it looks like lawmakers need to hammer out a larger bill that includes the Capitol restoration dollars as well as other projects.
Housing advocates, share your stories with us! What are you doing to build support for housing in the bonding bill as the session wraps up?
-Darielle Dannen, MCCD Public Policy Director
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