Minnesota State Government and Public Real Estate News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 25, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) combating sex trafficking passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill, H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, includes provisions from previous Paulsen legislation that improves data and law enforcement reporting for youth who are at-risk of being trafficked. In addition, H.R. 4980 makes critical changes to the foster care system to decrease the likelihood that children will run away or become homeless. A study by the Department of Health and Human Services found that 1 in 3 children are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of being on the street. more »

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Bipartisan legislation will help keep invasive carp out of Minnesota’s waterways, ensure the long-term viability of the inland waterway system, including the Mississippi River, address port and harbor maintenance on the Great Lakes, and advance key flood protection projects

Washington, DC – May 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced today that the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) has passed the Senate and will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The final legislation contains several key provisions Klobuchar fought to include that will help strengthen Minnesota’s water infrastructure and economy. The bipartisan agreement will help keep invasive carp out of Minnesota’s waterways, ensure the long-term viability of the inland waterway system, including the Mississippi River, address port and harbor maintenance on the Great Lakes, and advance key flood protection projects. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan amendment authored by Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to H.R. 10, the “Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act.” The amendment would help to ensure that foster and homeless youth are not unfairly disadvantaged in the enrollment process for charter schools. more »

NEW ORLEANS, LA – May 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, The Neighborhood Capacity Building Initiative (NCBI) and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office announced the Creating Communities for Change campaign. The NCBI is a collaborative training program designed to enhance community development across New Orleans through training, skills development, and small grants that build neighborhood and organizational capacity. Backed by the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office and executed in partnership with NeighborWorks America, the effort brings together eight diverse non-profit organizations to build community capacity for local change. The initiative is funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant aimed at building citizen engagement in the long-term recovery of New Orleans. more »

MINNEAPOLIS – January 3, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement on learning of the apartment building and grocery store fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis: more »

MINNEAPOLIS – December 30, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today as unemployment insurance expires for 1.3 million Americans:

“The longer a Minnesotan is out of work, the harder it is for her to find a job. Unemployment insurance helps the long-term unemployed buy groceries and pay the mortgage while the economy recovers and more jobs open up. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 13, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — “Since 2002, state and local property taxes have risen by 86%. Property taxes are regressive, disproportionately affecting middle-class Minnesotans, and are levied without taking into account a taxpayer’s income or ability to pay the tax. State and local leaders are working together to stop this decade-long trend. more »

St. Paul, Minn. – November 13, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Every year at this time, the Minnesota Department of Revenue releases a list of the preliminary maximum property tax levies that have been reported by local governments and have been passed by local school referenda. Local governments are required to set their preliminary levies by September 15 to provide citizens an opportunity to learn of and comment on proposed tax levels at Truth-in-Taxation hearings. more »

WASHINGTON – September 30, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging a St. Cloud, MN, apartment owner with violating the Fair Housing Act for allegedly citing a “no pets” policy after learning that a prospective resident with disabilities required an emotional support animal. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 27, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Reston, Virginia, August 27, 2013— MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. announced that the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed earlier this year by Ramsey and Hennepin Counties on behalf of themselves and all other Minnesota counties (the Counties), ruling in favor of MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) and numerous other MERS® System members. more »

EUGENE, OR – July 3, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — IDX, Inc. is excited to welcome Kevin Conway with RE/MAX Advantage Plus in Prior Lake, Minnesota, to the daily expanding network of real estate agents and brokers choosing to incorporate custom IDX search tools into their websites, simplifying the property search for potential home buyers, and ultimately increasing sales. This IDX Broker software is unique in its ability to format raw data that is extracted from Conway’s local Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the NorthStar MLS(Northstar), into a custom search function displayed as a seamlessly integrated part of his site. The Northstar listing data is then updated automatically, on a daily basis, saving Conway time, in which he can use to provide each individual home seeker with a much more personalized online real estate search experience. more »

WASHINGTON, DC – July 2, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)announced today that it is charging a Jackson, Minnesota, landlord with violating the Fair Housing Act for allegedly refusing to rent an apartment to a woman and her young daughter.  HUD’s charge alleges that the owner refused to rent to the family because he preferred not to rent to families with children. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 23, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — In advance of a meeting with Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Maurice Jones, Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) wrote HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan calling for the expansion of the Minneapolis Multi-family housing office. HUD announced on April 30th that the Minneapolis multi-family field office staff would be relocated as part of a nationwide consolidation. In response, Rep. Ellison organized a meeting with Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04) Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones and Marie Head, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multi-Family Housing. more »

EUGENE, OR – May 17, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — IDX, Inc. welcomes Rebecca Sandelands and Sandelands Realty to the growing network of real estate agents and brokers who have chosen to revolutionize their professional websites with the innovative IDX Broker software. As a member of Northstar MLS (Northstar), Sandelands has long had the ability to scan Northstar listings. Now, her clients have the same level of accessibility, thanks to her custom IDX solution. Finding the perfect Isle, Minnesota property online has never been easier! more »

MINNEAPOLIS – May 2, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Member of the House Financial Services Committee and Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement after President Obama announced his intent to nominate Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which supervises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks. more »

 
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