Uncle Sam can and should use its weight, in the form of funding allocation rewards or punishments, to coax or coerce state and municipal governments into unlocking the gates of local land-use rules that have stalled development of attainable housing with rules, fees, and byzantine approval protocols, the editorial says in so many words.
And why can and should Uncle Sam do so?
- Because that strategy always proves to play so well in Peoria?
- Because everything the federal government "fixes" doesn't break three other things that didn't need fixing?
- Why not?
That America's housing affordability crisis has risen up the food chain of issues that matter so critically to American voters that politicians are seizing on them to expand or strengthen their base of support tells us three things.
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