California’s Progressive-Democrats are at it again; although, this time they’re not active only in California. Now they’re looking to
expand subsidies to middle-class families—some with six-figure incomes
under the pretense of “helping” folks afford housing in this manufactured crisis of housing.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed funding housing for families whose income normally wouldn’t qualify them for assistance programs. Last month, his administration set aside $200 million for middle-class families in a $750 million package meant to combat the state’s housing crisis.
DC Mayor Muriel E Bowser has proposed a $20 million workforce fund to help families earning up to $141,000.
Boston and Philadelphia city governments are pushing the same sort of nonsense for the same sort of reason.
Aside from money spent on this pandering is money not spent on serious problems, these moves will only make the problem worse. The moves only increase demand for a not very flexible or easily expanded supply—and so supports, and increases, price, and so exacerbating the problem.
The way to address housing costs for the residents of a city—and the citizens of States like California—is to get the governments out of the way. That means reduce duplicative regulations associated with housing and housing construction and eliminating regulations that exist solely for the benefit of unions and other special interests. It means reducing zoning limits that drive up the cost of building and of living in a neighborhood.