Center Executive Director and Director in the Union Leader
March 29, 2021
Center Director Jason Sorens and Executive Director Max Latona recently wrote an opinion editorial for the New Hampshire Union Leader on legislative solutions to the housing crisis. They call attention to the fact that legislative obstacles to housing solutions are surprisingly coming more from Republicans these days than from Democrats, and they suggest that Republicans' property rights principles suggest a different course of action.
Some Republicans think supporting “local control” justifies the war on housing. We understand the importance of community self-government, but local control isn’t appropriate when localities violate citizens’ rights or harm the whole community. Localities wouldn’t be allowed to implement racial segregation or take the property of a law-abiding business. So why shouldn’t the state prohibit local governments from taking the value of private property through regulation?