A Crisis Of Shoes, Ships Or Sealing Wax? Florida Housing Money Can Fix It

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In a time of growing housing crises, what possesses a state legislature to use its housing trust fund as a reserve to tackle other urgent matters, not once but...

Why A President Can’t Do More To Fix The Low Income Housing Crisis In America.

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This isn't a question of what President Trump would like to do, more the issue of what any President at this moment of time is actually able to do. Democratic...

British Columbia Tax Successfully Cools Vancouver’s $$$$$ Housing Market

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There's a long list of cities world-wide looking for ways of reducing overheated housing markets. Vancouver, rated by some measures as the second most expensive city to live in...

Jobs-Housing Linkage Fees — What Are They? How Can They Help Affordable Housing?

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New businesses often require new business buildings. New business buildings become populated with new business workers. New business workers create a demand for new housing. The logic that tracks from new business...

More Affordable Housing? In Some Places, Taxing May Be More Effective Than Building

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Vancouver, British Columbia recently reported qualified success in taxing empty housing. Try: City Of Vancouver Successfully Puts Idle Homes To Work A recent study in the United Kingdom examines the...

Amazon Falls. How Many Outstretched Consumer Feet Were Needed To Trip A Retail Giant?

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How many New York City activists does it take to unscrew a multi-billion dollar commercial lightbulb? Not as many as one might expect, certainly not a majority of people...

Not A Property Tax, But A Land Value Tax. Vancouver Explores A Way Of Taxing Pure Land Speculation.

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Vancouver, B.C. is struggling with a world class affordable housing crisis which some locals believe is the worst, anywhere, in any country. In order to put the brakes on land...

Colorado, Where The Wages Of Sin Is Affordable Housing (And The Munchies)

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As North America's housing crisis deepens, there is a growing gap between land and housing costs on one hand, and the amount that a growing number of potential homebuyers...

Seattle Business Tax Angers Amazon To No Purpose Without ‘Up-Zoning’

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Seattle, with the third largest homeless population in the country, can be excused for generating money for affordable housing construction by levying a tax on big business. Amazon, one...

A Growing Case For Big Government: Corporations Preach Survival Of The Fittest

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On one hand, we have a world-wide casino that uses the basic need for shelter for gambling chips — housing. The result in America?  According to an admittedly self-interested...

Public/Private Partnerships, Formal or Informal? Amazon Teaches Us Why Not

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Further to an article recently published here, Can Private Enterprise Ever Support Affordable Housing? Amazon Action Demonstrates Otherwise, the City of Seattle has now watered down its affordable housing...

Ways To Kill Affordable Housing Action: Florida Trust Fund Looting

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Central Florida, once an inexpensive to place to live, has seen a dramatic drop in housing affordability. Fortunately in 1992, a bipartisan bill was passed in the Florida Legislature:...

Get High For Affordable Housing!

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With housing speculation a sacred right in western democracies, only the total collapse of the land and housing market can ensure the future return of affordable housing. That event,...

Subsidize Affordability By A ‘Flipping’ Tax? Somerville Argues The Pros & Cons

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It's abundantly clear that a national speculative housing markets are pushing housing prices beyond affordability in many countries. There is little real reason for any hope that housing prices...

Some Kind of Taxation Must Subsidize Affordable Housing. How About A Construction Tax?

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The right to speculate on housing is embedded in our western cultures. History has shown that speculation rapidly makes housing unaffordable for the poorest individuals and families. That means...

“A Corrupt Scam”: Conservative Think Tank Disses Low Income Housing Tax Credits

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America's affordable housing crisis rapidly worsens. One of the key government supports for affordable housing since 1986 has been the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). It is estimated that...

Speculation Tax: Life Ring For Affordable Housing Or Back Stab To Free Market Democracy?

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A pillar of North American democracy (from a conservative viewpoint at least) is the right to speculate on housing. It has supposedly enriched homeowners of all stripes since World...

Low Income Housing Tax Credit: Freddie Mac Analysis — Good Reason To Shoot The Messenger?

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Hold onto your hats, ladies  and gentlemen, this one's an absolute stunner! Freddie Mac, the quasi-government financial agency which helped to lurch America into the 2008 Housing meltdown then...

Democrats Squeeze LIHTC Spending Increase Into Omnibus Congress Spending Plan

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U.S. affordable housing advocates have been nervously awaiting cuts to federal funding for affordable housing, thanks to several measures introduced in the new Tax Reform Bill passed in 2017. However,...

US Federal Tax Cuts Put the Squeeze on Affordable Housing Funding

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The recent great tax giveaway by President Trump and the Republican Party has provided long term delight for the wealthy. An insubstantial windfall will  blow very gently in the...
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