1. Invest $100 million in bonds for housing.
Investments would build or rehabilitate approximately 5,000 units. Statewide funding would be awarded competitively through Minnesota Housing.
- Build and rehabilitate supportive housing.
- Preserve and rehabilitate federally assisted affordable housing.
- Stabilize communities impacted by the foreclosure crisis.
2. Remove education and training barriers for parents enrolled in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).
The MFIP Education Bill would remove barriers in Minnesota’s welfare-to-work program to unleash opportunities for workers and their families.
- Allow parents enrolled in the MFIP to access Adult Basic Education and earn a GED/diploma as an approved work activity.
- Allow MFIP participants to enroll in 2-4 year post-secondary education programs.
- Promote self-sufficiency by allowing new graduates the flexibility to job search for 12 weeks rather than 6 and remove barriers to ESL classes for workers who are learning English.
3. Raise the minimum wage.
Increase the state minimum wage to $9.50
Download: 2014 Legislative Agenda