Here We Go Again: Commercial Rent Control Still On the Table

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A proposal for commercial rent control is back! Bad ideas seem to thrive in Seattle. Or I should say, old ideas. Don’t like the price of something? Freeze it in place. Don’t try to understand or address the underlying issues about why prices are going up or even ask, “Are they going up that fast?” […]

Will Speaker Chopp Open His Eyes?

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After checking State law and asking a former colleague in the non-profit housing profession, I confirmed that many if not most non-profit, subsidized affordable housing projects don’t pay property taxes. This is what makes the opposition by State Representative Frank Chopp, Speaker of the House, of legislation to expand the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program […]

More on SCOTUS and MIZ

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I mentioned last week that the United States Supreme Court decided not to hear the case against a Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ)┬áscheme in San Jose. I pointed out that the decision has no bearing on the proposed MIZ scheme here in Seattle; the San Jose law is for for-sale housing only and the legal issues […]