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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Tough Climb for MN Housing Construction Workers & Delinquent Homeowners

April 5, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - Being a housing construction worker in Minnesota right now is a tough road to travel. New data from the "2x4" report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) reveals that fewer workers were able to earn a living by building and rehabbing homes than in any fourth quarter since 1992, as the number employed fell to 8,500. In the last four years, Minnesota has lost over half its housing construction jobs. In addition, more than eight percent of homeowners are falling behind on mortgage payments.

Leigh Rosenberg, research and outreach manager with the Minnesota Housing Partnership, says things are hard.

"These are people's lives, and it's a difficult time. We are hopeful that some early signs of stability and economic improvement will continue, but these are just very difficult times for many families across the state."

Rosenberg says there are a couple of bright spots. The real estate market is stabilizing and there's been a dramatic drop in Hennepin County homelessness, likely due to the roll-out of a federal homeless prevention program funded by the stimulus bill. But she says homelessness was still 66 percent higher in the 4th quarter of 2009 than in the 4th quarter of 2006.

Rosenberg says investing in housing on a state and federal level could be a big jump start to solving some of these housing and unemployment issues.

"Rehabbing and building apartments and homes that are affordable to Minnesotans itself creates jobs and also can generate much needed revenue for the state."

The MHP "2x4" report is intended to help policymakers develop a response to Minnesota's housing crisis.

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MN