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Changing Skyline: One Water Street developer pays to get out of affordable housing promise 25.6.2016 Philly.com News
Responding to a request from Mayor Kenney, the luxury housing developer that reneged on a commitment to include affordable units at One Water Street has agreed to a settlement that channels $3.75 million into Philadelphia's Housing Trust Fund, according to Karen Guss, an administration spokeswoman.
Gap between renters, owners has grown over last decade in Utah 24.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
An analysis by The Associated Press shows a growing gap between Salt Lake City homeowners and renters in the decade since the American housing market peaked and then crashed. While low interest rates have homeowners spending a smaller portion of their paychecks on housing, renters are paying a larger part of their income, a trend that’s playing out around the country. Combined with stagnant pay, that means people are having a harder time saving up to buy a house, according to an exclusive AP ana... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Obama Administration's Major Federal Foreclosure Prevention Program Will Come To An End In 2016 23.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Making Home Affordable (MHA) Program , which was launched in 2009 to assist millions of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure, is set to expire on December 31, 2016. Under this program, homeowners with non-GSE mortgages (i.e. mortgages not owned or guaranteed by FannieMae or Freddie Mac ) may apply and be reviewed for refinancing, loan modifications, short sales, deeds-in-lieu, and unemployment assistance with their lenders in accordance with stringent guidelines set forth in the Making Home Affordable Handbook. Many homeowners who were approved for loan modifications under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) were also eligible for free HUD-approved credit counseling to assist them in creating a household budget that lowers the risk of default in the future. Previously set to expire on December 31, 2015 , MHA was extended through 2016 due to its widespread success and the continuing need for relief for millions of homeowners nationwide. However, the number of applications under the MHA ...
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10 takeaways from the House GOP's Obamacare alternative 23.6.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
10 takeaways from the House GOP's Obamacare alternative
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Paul Ryan unveils plan to set fire to the American health-care system 23.6.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Paul Ryan unveils plan to set fire to the American health-care system
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Still no comprehensive Obamacare alternative from House GOP, five years on 22.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

More than five years after taking the majority on a promise to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, House Republicans have elected again not to advance a comprehensive alternative. 

Instead, lawmakers are putting forward a general outline Wednesday that combines a series of familiar conservative...

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How to regulate Airbnb and 'homesharing' 22.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Here’s the short-term rental dilemma: Websites like Airbnb and VRBO have made vacation rentals and house-sharing incredibly popular by making it easier for travelers to find homey, affordable lodgings and for homeowners to earn extra money by renting out all or part of their dwellings. But short-term...

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Republicans have a plan to replace Obamacare, and its costs are unclear 22.6.2016 Washington Post
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's proposal would discard Obamacare's mandates and penalties at an uncertain cost.
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Still no Obamacare alternative from House Republicans, five years on 22.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

More than five years after taking the majority on a promise to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, House Republicans have elected again not to advance a comprehensive alternative. 

Instead, lawmakers are putting forward a general outline Wednesday that combines a series of familiar conservative...

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The GOP Obamacare 'Replacement' Has Arrived. Sort Of. 22.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
House Republicans will unveil what they're calling an Obamacare replacement Wednesday, 2,283 days after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. The plan, which isn't legislation and is more like a mission statement, lacks the level of detail that would enable a full analysis, but one thing is clear: If put it place, it would almost surely mean fewer people with health insurance, fewer people getting financial assistance for their premiums or out-of-pocket costs, and fewer consumer protections than the ACA provides. It’s difficult to be certain, because the proposal, which House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will talk up at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Wednesday, lacks crucial information, like estimates of its costs and effects on how many people will have health coverage. The document weighs in at 37 pages, which includes the cover, three full pages about how terrible Obamacare is, and two blank sheets. “Everyone knows Republicans are against Obamacare. We’ve ...
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Parasite properties invade Paris 22.6.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The 19th-century cityscape of Paris is about to change.
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Q&A on Seattle’s proposed housing affordability policy 22.6.2016 Seattle Times: Politics

The Seattle City Council is considering legislation that Mayor Ed Murray says would help make the city’s housing more affordable. We’ve tried to answer some questions about the policy.
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Seattle neighborhoods need to embrace land-use changes 21.6.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien proposes allowing an accessory dwelling unit and a detached accessory dwelling unit to be built on a single-family lot while waiving the owner-occupancy and off-street-parking requirements.
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Rolly: Miller Group gets tax break for Jazz arena, but opposed one for RSL -- that's the way the subsidy ball bounces 20.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The $22.7 million in tax breaks the Larry H. Miller Group will receive from Salt Lake City to renovate Vivint Smart Home Arena — home of the Utah Jazz — is being hailed as an economic development boost for the city. It’s also a gift to a company that has bristled in the past when a potential competitor was in line for proposed tax breaks. Apparently, it depends on who is standing in line as to whether government subsidies to business groups — or sports arenas — are good or bad. The city’s Redev... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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What Is Hillary Clinton’s Agenda? 20.6.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here .  It is misleading, some observers have rightly pointed out, to treat the 2016 election as a contest between two candidates who are equally serious about policy. Donald Trump has been on both sides of many issues, contradicting himself from one day to the next. On occasion, he has given a speech written by advisers on a subject like energy where he seemed as surprised by the text as the audience was.  He has a core of symbolically important positions on such issues as immigration, but otherwise his views are murky. Much of what he says about foreign or domestic problems is all impulse and no thought, so when his impulse momentarily changes, his positions change too. For Hillary Clinton, however, substance actually does matter. Her seriousness defines her. We have not reached the stage of gender equality when a woman candidate for president could get away with being as subject to changing moods and personal pique as Trump is. While no one ...
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‘Free lunch is over’ for tenants: $1,000 hikes hit some older Seattle rentals 18.6.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Some landlords are going far beyond incremental hundred-dollar rent hikes, slapping huge increases on renters as the owners try to get their piece of a heated market.
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The big change that could help poor people afford wealthier neighborhoods 18.6.2016 Washington Post
The big change that could help poor people afford wealthier neighborhoods
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One Water St.: Instead of subsidized units, how about retail and art? 18.6.2016 Philly.com News
How should the developer of a luxury apartment complex compensate the city for reneging on an agreement to set aside 25 apartments for low-income Philadelphians?
This Is Probably What's In The GOP Obamacare 'Replacement' 17.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are going to reveal to the public next week what kind of health care reform they want instead of Obamacare. In anticipation, we thought a preview of conservative health policy ideas was in order. Before anyone gets too excited, the House GOP task force handpicked by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to tackle the thorny issue of "replacing" Obamacare isn't going to introduce legislation or anything like that. Rather, Ryan will issue a broad outline Wednesday , which will differ somehow from all the other broad outlines congressional Republican leaders have tossed off since 2009, when the debate over the Affordable Care Act began. It's only been seven years , so they'll surely tell everyone what they really want to do, how much it's going to cost, how many people it will cover, etc., at some point. Next year? Or maybe 2018? (House Republican leaders are still ahead of their Senate counterparts, who don't appear to be making any effort to define an Obamacare replacement.) What we ...
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Brown's affordability fix is fine. But California needs all the housing it can get - including in its suburbs 16.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent proposal designed to streamline the development of affordable housing in California is a welcome step in the right direction for a state that seems to be engaged in a dangerous experiment in seeing how long you can do nothing about housing and get away with it.

Let’s be...

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