BAKER WORRIES RENT CONTROL WOULD DISCOURAGE NEW HOUSING
By Chris Lisinski
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON, MARCH 26, 2019....More than two decades after voters banned local rent control, Gov. Charlie Baker signaled Tuesday he would not support a nascent push from several lawmakers to allow cities and towns to implement tenant protections, such as a limit on rent increases.
"Rent control will stifle the production of new housing," Baker told reporters after a tour of the new DraftKings headquarters in Boston. "That's exactly the wrong direction we should go."
Instead, Baker said, state leaders should focus on how to encourage construction of new housing. One of the governor's biggest pushes this session is a bill that would lower the threshold needed to make municipal zoning changes from a two-thirds majority of the relevant board to a simple majority.
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