MPR News AM Update: Minneapolis takes aim at affordable housing

The Jax Apartments in northeast Minneapolis
The Jax Apartments in northeast Minneapolis are smaller than traditional apartments.
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Minneapolis’ city council is trying to work on their housing crisis. The latest efforts come in the form of an inclusionary zoning proposal that would require developers to make some units in their projects to be attainable for lower-income renters. The city’s stock of housing affordable for low-income people has dwindled for 20 years. Developers, who largely have built housing that’s unaffordable for many residents over the past decade, say the council plan is too strict.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will ask the City Council for more than $1 million in additional public safety funds on Wednesday, after a tumultuous few months that have brought the capital city’s homicide total to a 25-year high. He will make his presentation at the council’s regular afternoon meeting. It’s unclear what new policies or programs his proposal might include, though he has advocated for a multifaceted approach to public safety that involves traditional policing and community investments,” report Emma Nelson and Liz Sawyer for the Star Tribune.

In a fresh New Hampshire poll, Amy Klobuchar is hanging in there. She’s in fifth place at 6 percent in a new survey of likely primary voters. Pete Buttigieg leads that poll with 25 percent, followed by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren tied for second, with Bernie Sanders at fourth place. Next in line after the Minnesota senator is Tom Steyer, who had 3 percent.

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President Trump’s impeachment inquiry hearings continue today. As always, we’ll have full coverage online and on air. Catch up on the latest on our impeachment homepage.

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