Advocates are eyeing two billion dollars of the state’s budget surplus for what they call long-term investments in housing.  Anne Mavity with the Minnesota Housing Partnership says the state is short 100-thousand units for the hardest-working front-line employees:

“Two years ago, the governor proposed one billion dollars’ worth of investments in housing.  We think he can do better.  We think he has more resources available to dedicate to housing, and we’re confident that he will do so.”

Mavity contends one-time money — which much of the budget surplus is  — will produce long-term benefits when invested in housing.