Massachusetts Looks To Increase Affordable Housing Stock

Governor Mitt Romney will sign '40 S' into law today, which will make up the difference between what communities collect in property taxes from new homes and the cost of educating children who move into them.
November 28, 2005, 6am PST | Mike Lydon
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"By itself, 40S is not going to solve the Massachusetts housing issue. What it does, though, is remove one of the last major above-ground reasons for saying no to housing. Soon all that will be left are the underground reasons: ugly reasons like classism and racism, which are harder to legislate but no less real.

"Affordable housing" can be code for "the wrong kind of people." But we need to ask ourselves: Who will live in that affordable housing? The answer is our sons and daughters. The answer is our future."

Thanks to Mike Lydon

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Published on Saturday, November 26, 2005 in The Boston Globe
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