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Path to a Better Housing Market for All

Sentinel & Enterprise StaffMay 20, 2019

A Statehouse hearing Tuesday brought out broad support for a bill Gov. Charlie Baker says would help ease the commonwealth’s housing crisis.

An array of housing advocates, developers, business leaders, and local officials spent hours urging a legislative committee to approve the bill, which would allow cities and towns to change their zoning with a simple majority, instead of the two-thirds vote currently needed.

Baker came before lawmakers to argue the measure is essential to putting a dent in Greater Boston home prices, which are among the highest in the country.

“We are in a deep hole,” said Clark Ziegler, executive director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. “We simply are not producing enough housing, and our home prices and rent are out of sight.”

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