Housing & Transportation

Mortensen was the sole vote against light rail audit; he also got donations from its project manager  

BY: - July 13, 2022

Shakopee Rep. Erik Mortensen was the only state lawmaker to vote against a bill to audit the Southwest Light Rail green line extension, which is four years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. He also received $3,300 in donations from a Prior Lake man (and his wife) who is project manager for the troubled project.

Tenants say landlords are skirting St. Paul rent control with new utility charges

BY: - July 5, 2022

Some St. Paul landlords, facing soaring inflation and energy costs, are trying to get around the city’s new rent control law by charging tenants for utilities that used to be included in the rent. It’s leading to rent increases of more than 10% for some renters in a city where landlords may only increase rent […]

HavenBrook tenants bring demands for repairs to landlord’s office

BY: - June 17, 2022

Tenants of HavenBrook Homes, one of the largest private landlords in Minnesota, held a rally outside the property management’s office on Friday in New Brighton, where they tried to meet with the company’s local staff. Renters marched into the office of Progress Residential, the new property management company for HavenBrook, and asked to speak with […]

Tenants withhold rent from hedge-fund owned HavenBrook Homes to force repairs

BY: - May 19, 2022

Families renting from one of the state’s largest private landlords, HavenBrook Homes, have started putting their rent in escrow in an attempt to force the company to address numerous health and safety issues in their homes in north Minneapolis. Tenants of HavenBrook, which is owned by New York-based hedge fund Pretium Partners, say the company […]

Minnesota launches pandemic assistance fund for homeowners

BY: - May 17, 2022

Minnesota homeowners hurt financially by the pandemic can now apply for up to $35,000 in assistance for mortgage payments and other housing-related expenses through a new state program called HomeHelpMN. The program is funded with $109 million from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho announced […]

‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

BY: - April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]

415 workers vote to strike at St. Cloud bus manufacturing plant

BY: - April 4, 2022

Ninety-seven percent of workers at the New Flyer bus manufacturing plant in St. Cloud voted to authorize a strike on Sunday and say they’ll walk off the job if the company doesn’t meet their demands for higher pay, sick time, paid religious holidays and limits on mandatory overtime. The workers have not said when they […]

91 cities come out against bill that would allow more housing density across Minnesota

BY: - March 22, 2022

Ninety-one city councils across Minnesota have formally voiced their opposition to a bipartisan bill that supporters say will bring down the cost of housing construction by overriding local zoning restrictions. The League of Minnesota Cities, a trade group for cities, created a template resolution for cities to pass declaring they “oppose legislation that restricts the […]

St. Paul City Council hurtles toward implementing rent control policy by May 1

BY: - March 16, 2022

The St. Paul City Council took its first steps Wednesday toward implementing the rent control ordinance that voters passed in November and that takes effect in just over six weeks. The council voted to spend $635,000 this year to fund five new staff positions to begin administering the ordinance, which caps annual rent increases at […]

St. Paul mayor faces skeptical GOP senators, says rent control going forward May 1

BY: - March 3, 2022

In less than two months, St. Paul must implement one of the most stringent rent control policies in the country, capping rent increases at 3% annually on all units across the city. But Mayor Melvin Carter told state lawmakers on Thursday that key details have yet to be worked out. For example, city leaders haven’t […]

States to feds: Don’t tell us how to spend infrastructure money

BY: - February 23, 2022

State and local leaders from both parties are at odds with the Biden administration over how billions of dollars in new infrastructure money should be spent. Republican governors are upset over a federal memo seeking to limit dollars for highway expansions. Western states and some progressive cities don’t like the feds’ plan for how to […]

League of Minnesota Cities pitches new tax on corporate landlords

BY: - February 16, 2022

In an effort to discourage large investors from snapping up homes and turning them into rental properties, the League of Minnesota Cities is proposing a new state tax on corporations purchasing owner-occupied single family homes. “We’re trying to preserve single family homeownership opportunities for individuals,” said Daniel Lightfoot, a lobbyist with the League of Minnesota […]