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State housing legislation: Enough done?


Friday, October 13, 2017

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Governor signs housing legislation.California Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a number of bills he signed to help address housing needs as a group of elected officials and housing advocates applaud. (Eric Risberg / AP)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System - NO: The multifarious legislation will not rectify 50 years of chronic dysfunction in California’s housing mismanagement. Adding interventionist "solutions" to problems caused by previous interventions will leave more problems in its wake. Subsidized housing with additional layers of bureaucratic regulation and more fees/taxes does not solve problems at the expense of what could be produced under less hampered market solutions. Loosely defined concepts with ambiguous goals further muddy the need, in the end, for more housing.