(St. Paul, MN)  —  A proposed rental voucher program is aimed at slashing public housing waitlists.  Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate say the program would ensure low-income Minnesotans don’t spend more than 30-percent of their income on rent.  Officials say housing demand is far outstripping supply, that there is a significant racial gap in homeownership, and that the problem of homelessness is worsening.  The program would cost around one-point-seven billion dollars a year.