$100 Million in Housing Assistance AnnouncedGov. Tim Walz announced $100 million in housing assistance to help homeowners and renters who have been affected by COVID-19. The housing assistance can be used to cover rent, mortgage payments, or utility costs incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020. The funding is allocated from the state’s federal COVID-19 relief funds and represents the largest designation for use of this funding.The state will select grant administrators for the funds soon and Minnesotans can begin applying for funding in early August (see details here). The funding comes at an important time given the extra $600 in federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits ends at the end of July. For more information on the housing assistance program, see www.mnhousing.gov.Second Special Legislative Session UpdateLast night, the House GOP minority made a motion to suspend the rules to take up a Senate-led joint resolution calling for the end to the governor’s peacetime emergency powers. After several hours debate, the motion to suspend the rules to consider this item failed by a vote of 63 to 74. The House then immediately adjourned until Monday, July 20, OR until a time chosen by the Speaker/Majority Leader. This action is similar to what the Senate did Monday afternoon and is likely a sign that legislators continue to work behind the scenes to hammer out an agreeable compromise on the issues of bonding, taxes, public safety reform, and a supplemental budget bill.