HB 2004: Moderation is Winning

There is something worse than growing housing rents: a permanent housing shortage. That’s what rent control gives a city. Rental prices go up as demand growth begins to outpace supply growth, but markets adjust when those higher prices signal profits … Continue reading

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The Poor Aren’t Getting Poorer

Bruce Sacerdote, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, has submitted a new paper to the National Bureau of Economic Research tackling a vexing measurement error problem in tracking the growth of income over the past fifty years. Despite popular perceptions … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing in Oregon, Part One: How We Got Here

By Rep. Mike Nearman Oregon has a housing affordability crisis and there are several proposals on the legislative table to alleviate the crisis. As a member of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing, I’ll get a front row … Continue reading

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Bad Consequences of Public Policies Aren’t Really “Unintended,” Just “Unacknowledged”

By Steve Buckstein Decades of research and experience tell us that raising the government-imposed minimum wage results in fewer younger and lower-skilled individuals being hired, and in some of them losing jobs they previously held at lower wages.* Decades of … Continue reading

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Oregon Must End “Economic Apartheid”

By Randal O’Toole The housing affordability crisis is turning Portland, already one of the whitest cities in America, into one that is even whiter. Census data indicate that, between 2010 and 2014, the number of whites living in the city … Continue reading

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Portland’s Zoning Policies Make the Housing Crisis Worse

By Lydia White The masterminds behind Portland’s newest inclusionary zoning recommendations have proven once again to be economically illiterate. The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously recommended requiring developers with 20 units or more to make 20% of units “affordable” … Continue reading

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Abolish Growth Boundaries to Ensure Fair Housing

By Randal O’Toole A recent Supreme Court decision found that government policies that make housing expensive may violate fair housing laws. This decision could have a profound impact on Portland’s housing market. Portland’s rapidly growing housing prices are a major … Continue reading

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“The Rent Is Too Damn High!” — Why Rent Control Won’t Help

By Steve Buckstein Once again, Portland led the nation this July with its home prices rising 12.4 percent year-over-year versus the national average of just 5.0 percent. As of April, Portland remained the 12th most expensive rental market in the … Continue reading

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Sen. Ted Ferrioli on calls for affordable housing ‘state of emergency’

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senator Ferrioli addressed the topic of affordable housing in a statement following the request by the Eugene City Council to Governor Brown for assistance alleviating homelessness. “When families fall on hard times and … Continue reading

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Portland Worries About Homelessness, While Metro Makes Housing Less Affordable

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has decided to allocate $20 million to solve a perceived crisis with “homelessness” and another $67 million to subsidize “affordable housing.” As usual with Portland spending, these numbers were pulled out … Continue reading

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Oregon’s self-created problem: Lack of affordable housing

by Sen. Doug Whitsett “the proposed solution is to spend a great deal of other peoples’ money, on yet another government program, to try and solve the problem without addressing its cause” The Legislative process often involves bringing various stakeholders … Continue reading

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A Prescription for Affordable Housing in Portland

By Everet Rummel A new issue faces Portland. City Hall is considering waiving development fees for developers of market-rate housing in the Old Town Chinatown district. Chinatown is Portland’s oldest neighborhood and has earned an unpleasant reputation. City Hall claims … Continue reading

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Latest Obama scandal: home mortgage market nationalized

by NW Spotlight  What Do Ralph Nader and Wall Street Fund Managers Have in Common?  They’ve Both Been Defrauded by the Obama Treasury. Having lived through the financial crisis and the Obama “stimulus” package, the thought of Uncle Sam as … Continue reading

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What Does Metro Have Against Single-Family Homes?

By John A. Charles, Jr. For more than a decade, the regional government, Metro, has been quietly herding people into high-density neighborhoods. For those unaware of this policy, the recently announced plans for 80 acres of development near the light … Continue reading

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Eliminating Choice in Housing

By John Glennon You should be able to decide what type of home you live in, but your ability to make that decision is severely limited by urban planning. Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary removes the responsibility of supplying housing from … Continue reading

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Beaverton Wants More Affordable Housing

By Doug DeFilipps The Beaverton City Council is considering exempting non-profit organizations that open new affordable housing units from paying the city’s property tax. An associate planner for the city said that “affordable units [are] going to be a major … Continue reading

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“Housing Fairness” Bill Is Unfair to Landlords

< By Doug DeFilipps Ending “housing discrimination” against holders of Section 8 rent assistance may sound like a worthy goal, but not all ways of expanding their living options are fair. Oregon House Bill 2639 is one such deeply flawed … Continue reading

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