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senate Bill S. 1919

Should Communities be Required to Explain the Reasoning for Not Adopting Housing Policies to Increase Affordability & Address Discrimination?

Argument in favor

Lack of adequate housing stock, especially in major coastal cities, is pushing people out of the communities they want to live in and causing rent prices to increase astronomically in certain places. While the federal government can’t affect local regulations directly, it can impose more accountability and transparency about zoning decisions through this bill and possibly “name and shame” localities that use regulations and zoning as tools of housing discrimination.

Ellen's Opinion
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08/05/2019
Yep. Remember you answer to the American people. You need to explain everything
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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08/06/2019
Housing problems is a very real thing and every city & state should be encouraging the construction of really affordable nice housing for those who live on minimum wage. Every person deserves to have a home.
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Charles's Opinion
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08/07/2019
Transparency is key! Affordable housing is needed.
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Argument opposed

Given the lack of enforcement mechanism, this is a toothless bill that likely won’t achieve much, if anything, in the way of real change. There’s also no need for it in light of the fact that the White House has established a council to study the affordable housing crisis and the YIMBY movement’s strong momentum on its own. Finally, issues with YIMBYism itself — especially its marginalization of established low-income minority communities — is a concern.

JTJ's Opinion
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08/05/2019
Stop redistributing money we don’t have. Allow communities to fund themselves and develop as they see fit.
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ConservativeGuy's Opinion
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08/05/2019
I live in a fairly affluent community. The addition of “affordable” housing in our market would have an adverse effect on our home values. I don’t support that.
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jacklhasa's Opinion
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08/05/2019
This kind of bill is very easily open to abuse. No Cost Estimate, and no details on what exactly will be done, once in place. It’s a hollow write up, with no effort put into actually explaining the reasoning, implementation, enforcement, and result.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    IntroducedJune 20th, 2019
    Yep. Remember you answer to the American people. You need to explain everything
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    Stop redistributing money we don’t have. Allow communities to fund themselves and develop as they see fit.
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    I generally support the idea of publicly disclosing why some areas would be zoned in ways that appear to be discriminatory in nature. I think it can be a strong force in bringing about change. I do have a concern, however. I can see a misspelled word or a poorly phrased rationale providing fodder for 'ambulance chasing' lawyers filing huge class action suits that could well bankrupt a city and would improve nothing but the incomes of lawyers good at convincing sympathetic juries. I think for this to truly be informative and useful, there needs to be some clear restrictions on use of such reporting in class-action-like litigations. Otherwise it is only a lose-lose proposition for a community trying to do the right thing but faced with extended and ongoing legal bills, community destroying judgements and would certainly encourage a less than honest response.
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    Housing problems is a very real thing and every city & state should be encouraging the construction of really affordable nice housing for those who live on minimum wage. Every person deserves to have a home.
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    I live in a fairly affluent community. The addition of “affordable” housing in our market would have an adverse effect on our home values. I don’t support that.
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    This kind of bill is very easily open to abuse. No Cost Estimate, and no details on what exactly will be done, once in place. It’s a hollow write up, with no effort put into actually explaining the reasoning, implementation, enforcement, and result.
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    Block grants? More debt? Um, do I get money when I cant pay my taxes? I DONT EVEN HAVE A MORTGAGE! “Required to tell?” Tell who? The feds? What the hell for? STOP GIVING OUT MONEY, you are not a bank! Then no one has to tell you anything but thats not what you want is it? You really want to control every part of what the states and people do and receiving money from you comes with strings borrowing money from anyone makes you a slave so STOP MAKING SLAVES OUT OF FREE PEOPLE, we are NOT your servants, you were to be ours!!! Man, you guys are like kindergarteners having to be told when to poop and to take our nap! GO HOME! Shut down the government and stop spending more and more money!!!! The money was our NOT YOURS! No were in debt to the FEDERAL RESERVE GLOBALIST BANKERS? Do you not see this is destroying our nation? DUH?!!!
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    I don't know what JimK said, but I’m with him on this one...He always makes sense. 🤔
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    Government over-reach. If there is no plan or provision to DO SOMETHING with the data you collect, then there is no basis to collect it. Additionally, “affordable” has a broad range and is not relevant in every community.
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    There is a lot wrong with this entire concept. Communities may not be appropriate for “affordable housing”. If the economics don’t fit, trying to force it just results in absurd outcomes and effective waste of money that could be more useful in other areas. Home business issues? Depends on the local impact. Air BnB? That’s another area worthy of separate and deep discussion.
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    Bully tactics to enforce a vauge, poorly written law that doesn't improve anything.
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    Transparency is key! Affordable housing is needed.
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    No forget this for a while. Concentrate on the infinitely more important matters we are facing. Trillions in debt...WTF!?
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    The people should see all of the underhanded things that go on in the federal government establishment swamp and how they enrich themselves there friends and family and those that donate to them. Drain the establishment swamp
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    I hope Dr Carson will be staying on for a second term, he is doing an outstanding job with common sense approaches to help people help themselves and get off the government handouts. #MAGA
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    Very good point, jimK!
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    Don’t ruin the landscape of smaller communities with large ugly buildings. You should live where you can afford. You shouldn’t live where you can’t afford but just want to live their. That’s called capitalism you work hard you can live there one day. It should be gifted to you by the government.
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    This is a badly written attempt to drive out people who have stayed and kept cities alive during the suburbanization of America.
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    Not your job to babysit!! Stay out of it. Government had their chance at 'housing policies'. You work for us not babysit us. We will hold our people accountable in our own way. Stay out of it, servant.
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    How about looking into how high houses have skyrocketed in the last 15-20 years? How Realtors and the mortgage companies and also the builders are so lock step with each other. Appraisals come in so very very high. Average Realtors make anywhere from 3-6 Percent per sale. Figure out how much money you would make on a $250,000.0 dollar home you sold or bought. Greedy people if you ask me. Start where the money is at.
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