Multiple bills addressing housing crisis struggle for support at State House

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Governor Charlie Baker’s Affordable Housing Bill aims to open more than 15,000 new housing units this year. But some elected officials aren’t buying it.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo received a letter requesting that Bakers bill stays in the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.

The bill would reduce certain zoning requirements, making it easier for contractors to build housing units. But lawmakers worry the bill would not address the needs of residents across the Commonwealth. 

Housing Committee member Mike Connolly proposed a different plan which would add new taxes on vacant luxury units to incentivize contractors to build more affordable housing.

Sale prices of single-family homes in Massachusetts hit a record high of more than $350,000 in October. 

Gov. Baker’s bill aims to produce 135,000 new housing units by 2025, most of which would be multi-family homes and built in “gateway cities” like Lawrence, Pittsfield, and Springfield. 

If the bill does not pass before the new session in January, it will likely be refiled and forced to start the legislative process all over again.

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