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Legislative Update: Affordable Housing, Infrastructure Funding Proposed

Friday, February 26, 2021

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Neighbors and Friends,

This week, Governor Walz announced his infrastructure priorities and I’m pleased he has proposed $100 million to preserve and build affordable housing. You can read my statement here. The Housing Finance and Policy Committee, which I chair, will be hearing the governor’s bills in the coming weeks. You can follow committee action here.

In addition, Gov. Walz has recommended a $10 million investment to match a $31 million in federal funding for a second daily Amtrak train between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago, with stops in Red Wing and Winona. I am lead author of the funding bill for this route, which was heard in the Capital Investment Committee this week, along with two other freight rail and port bills. You can read my statement here and watch the committee here.

Meeting with Advocates

The legislature is holding meetings remotely, but our engagement with advocates and constituents is still very active. This week, I met with many ISAIAH representatives in a zoom call to discuss their support for Governor Walz’s budget. They call their campaign Fund our Futures.


I also took part in a Homeline webinar to discuss Minnesota legislative priorities in response to COVID-19 rental housing issues. Earlier this week, I was invited to speak to the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) about the need for adequate and affordable housing.

COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline

Anticipating more COVID-19 vaccine arriving in Minnesota, Governor Walz this week announced the strategy and next phases of vaccine distribution. Also announced was a plan to vaccinate 70% of all seniors by the end of March.



The Vaccine Connector  is another tool to link Minnesotans with a vaccine. For now, there is more demand than supply, but every Minnesotan will have an opportunity to get vaccinated as more supply arrives in the weeks and months ahead. It will just take time, and the Vaccine Connector is another tool Minnesotans can use to be prepared.

Budget Forecast

Today, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced a projected positive balance of $1.6 billion. While the number is an improvement from the projected deficit just a few months ago, it is important to recognize that the pandemic has caused great economic hardship for many Minnesotans and we’re not out of the woods yet. The budget forecast is a key component of how we craft our state budget over the next few months. Armed with this information, and the knowledge that there remain uncertain times ahead, we can now proceed cautiously with a clearer picture of our work in the coming months.


Staying Connected

The House has expanded the number of simultaneous committees it can?webcast live?from a maximum of two to five, so you can stay current on issues moving through committees this budget session. 

Also, the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services offers nonpartisan recaps of high-profile bills, committee hearings, and floor sessions with their Session Daily publication. Subscribe to receive these here. To track bills of interest through the legislative process, I encourage you to utilize the MyBills feature on the Minnesota House of Representatives’ website.  

I welcome your questions and comments anytime. You can call me at (651) 296-3824 or send an email at

Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the legislature.



Representative Alice Hausman

453 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155


Legislative Assistant:

Blake Wilcox 651-296-8803


Committee Assignments:

Chair: Housing Finance and Policy Division

Legacy Finance Division

Transportation Finance and Policy Division

Ways and Means