Tag: Urban Growth Boundary

Creating Affordable Housing Oregonians Can’t Afford

 

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” — Milton Friedman

Not too long ago, it was mentioned that Oregon had passed legislation to implement statewide Rent Control. This was in response to a crisis in affordable housing. The state government, presently run by a Democrat governor and supermajority in legislature, saw this as a move to curb the rising costs of housing, mostly in the Portland metro area. As far as I can tell, no one has reported a housing shortage over in Baker City, but the state government clearly knows better. It has run full tilt in spite of common sense warnings from anyone remotely familiar with economics. Once again, facts don’t matter if you are “morally right,” or something like that.