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Boston Business Journal: “Industry groups attack Healey’s proposed real estate transfer fees”

The proposed real estate transfer fees in Governor Healey’s housing package would allow Massachusetts municipalities to charge a fee on residential sales over $1 million or a county’s median sale price, with the revenue going toward affordable housing.

The Boston Globe: “Healey’s ADU proposal: small homes, big impact”

Governor Healey’s $4.1 billion Affordable Homes Act, which would issue bonds for various housing programs, appears to be moving steadily through the state legislature.

Boston Business Journal: “Commentary: MBTA Act is a promising response to the housing crisis, but it needs teeth”

Attorneys Christopher Cunio and Aidan Gross argue that Massachusetts’ contentious MBTA Communities Act – intended to encourage housing near public transit statewide – represents a milestone in tackling the state’s housing crisis but requires “teeth,” i.e., better enforcement mechanisms.

Boston Globe: How to Make Homes More Affordable

Greg Vasil, CEO of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, highlights the steps taken in Brookline, Newton and other local jurisdictions to reform zoning laws to create much-needed housing. Vasil also offered a series of recommendations for state lawmakers to consider, including strengthening a local option law that allows communities to raise funds for affordable … Continued

Boston Globe: Governor Healey Weighs in on Rent Control

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey expressed skepticism over rent control, noting that addressing housing shortage is the most effective way to tackle affordability. “We lower rents by building more housing,” Healey stated. “More housing means more supply, means lowering of costs.” She noted that she supports a community’s right to make decisions around rent control for … Continued

Boston Herald: Treat Landlords as Allies to Fight Housing Crisis

The Boston Herald editorial board offered a strong argument against rent control, suggesting that the city of Boston would be better served focusing on policies to spur housing development. With respect to rent control, the editorial board wrote, “Would landlords’ costs be capped as well, or are they expected to eat the cost of stagnant … Continued

Boston Globe: “Rent control gets renewed push in hesitant Mass. Legislature”

Yesterday, Massachusetts state lawmakers heard hours of testimony for and against several proposals to lift the state’s ban on rent control.

Boston Herald: Massachusetts Rent Control Ballot Campaign Fails

An effort to place a rent control question on the 2024 ballot collapsed, falling far short of the nearly 75,000 signatures needed to proceed. State Rep. Mike Connolly, who led the effort, plans to push to eliminate statewide rent control preemption through legislative channels, though state lawmakers have resisted such an approach in past years. … Continued

Boston.com: “Mass. residents are concerned about housing. Here’s what they think should be done about it, according to poll.”

Massachusetts voters see the high cost of housing as a top concern, according to a recent UMass Amherst poll. But the poll also revealed that Massachusetts voters are latching on to false solutions to the state’s housing problems.

The Boston Globe: “Healey Makes First Major Housing Push”

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey released a package of sweeping housing reforms for legislative consideration.

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