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State aims $54M at affordable housing projects

The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency has announced $54 million in financial support through a variety of sources such as deferred loans, rental assistance and tax credits for affordable housing projects in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. The money, which was winnowed down from $170 million in requests, was awarded to nonprofit and private developers, community development agencies and local units of government.

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Where the state is aiming its incentive cash

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development this year got an infusion of money from state lawmakers for a variety of economic development programs. And since the money became available on July 1, the money has been flowing to companies and local governments for a variety of business expansions.

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LCCMR recommendations focus on wildlife studies

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) agreed on Wednesday to recommend $28.9 million worth of environmental projects to the state Legislature. The projects range from addressing the decline of bee colonies in the state to investigating the damage to Minnesota loons caused by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Frac sand model ordinance draws fire

The implementation of legislation to regulate frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota has followed a rocky path this fall. During the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers charged the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) with devising a model ordinance for local governments to use as a template for processing applications from companies to extract silica sand.

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