Should People Profit From Housing? Bernie Sanders Says Yes, and No
The New York Times By Emily Badger Sept. 19, 2019, 3:30 a.m. ET
Bernie Sanders has gone much further than any of the other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in proposing not just more money for affordable housing, or more enforcement of fair-housing laws, but also fundamental changes in how the housing market functions.
His most startling ideas — a national rent control standard, and new taxes on land speculation and house “flipping” — would bring America closer to the idea that housing should be treated as shelter and not a commodity.
But in the housing plan his campaign released Wednesday, Mr. Sanders doesn’t go all the way there. He allows for profit, but not certain kinds of profit, or profit by certain kinds of actors...click here to read more.