Housing Industry Completes Discussions with Governor Candidates

After months of policy discussions on a variety of housing issues, Housing First Minnesota leaders have concluded their gubernatorial candidate discussions.

The final two meetings featured Congressman Tim Walz (CD-1) and former Governor Tim Pawlenty. The meetings capped a months-long series of conversations that touched on three major themes: balancing regulatory costs with the need to improve housing affordability; addressing the construction workforce crisis; and assessing the proper role of the Metropolitan Council to ensure affordable land costs and housing options.

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These conversations are part of an effort by Housing First Minnesota leaders to keep housing as a top-tier policy issue.

“Our primary objective in these discussions was to ensure that Housing
First Minnesota’s emphasis of housing affordability and homeownership are
a meaningful part of Minnesota’s 2018 gubernatorial election conversation,”
said David Siegel, Housing First Minnesota’s executive director.

Housing First Minnesota invited all major gubernatorial candidates to engage in these discussions, both Democratic and Republican. In total, 11 candidates participated in these discussions including Matt Dean, Keith Downey, Blake Huffman, Mary Giuliani-Stephens, Jeff Johnson, Erin Murphy, David Osmek, Rebecca Otto, Tim Pawlenty, Paul Thissen and Tim Walz.