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Wednesday
Jun112014

ALG - House defunds HUD racial housing quotas 

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June 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising House passage of the Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) rider to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill that will defund implementation of the "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" regulation:

 

"Americans for Limited Government commends the House of Representatives and particularly, Representative Paul Gosar, for the vote to defund HUD's attempt to federalize local zoning decisions using community development grants as the cudgel to create evenly distributed neighborhoods on the basis of race and income.

 

"Gosar's courage in standing firm against this latest example of Obama Administration social engineering serves as a model for his colleagues seeking to limit the size and scope of government.

 

"Housing discrimination has rightfully been illegal under federal law for two generations.  The Obama Administration's regulation is not about discrimination; instead it is about nationalizing local zoning decisions to achieve a utopian agenda.  These decisions are among the most difficult that local governments face, as they impact every aspect of a community.  Consideration of zoning ordinances and master plans are debated by neighbors and serve as the epitome of citizen involvement in their government. We don't need unconstitutional racial housing quotas imposed by Washington, D.C. over matters best left to local communities.

 

"The House of Representatives' decision to defund this Obama regulation will stop the big foot of the federal government from treading all over local governments' prerogatives and the fundamental right of citizen input in the process. Americans for Limited Government urges the U.S. Senate to join the House in defunding this ill-conceived federal government intrusion into local government zoning prerogatives."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-defunds-hud-racial-housing-quotas/

 

Attachments:

 

Video clip of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) proposing his amendment on the floor on June 9:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4500388/gosar-amendment-floor-debate (C-Span video clip)

 

Gosar amendment to Transportation and HUD appropriations bill:
http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/GOSAR_133_xml.pdf

 

HUD rulemaking, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing":
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/07/19/2013-16751/affirmatively-furthering-fair-housing#h-19

 

Will House defund Obama's racial housing quotas? By Americans for Limited Government senior editor Robert Romano, June 9, 2014:
http://netrightdaily.com/2014/06/will-house-defund-obamas-racial-housing-quotas/

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
May232014

ALG's Daily Grind - Inside Washington's Bipartisan "Housing Reform" 

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May 23, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

Inside Washington's Bipartisan "Housing Reform"
Earlier this month the U.S. Senate Banking Committee passed the so-called "Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013" by a bipartisan 13-9 vote. Proponents argue that the bill is a model of how the federal government can manage the major challenges in our economy, but they neglect to mention is taxpayers remain very much on the hook for public losses under this new proposed housing finance framework.   

Congress needs to force Audit of IRS
The very fact that donations to groups that were legally engaged in the public square prompted IRS audits is chilling to all future political speech, and goes to a systemic abuse of power that threatens the basic core of political participation.

Dr. Piketty is committing Malpractice
In any profession, prescription without diagnosis is malpractice and that includes the profession of Economics. Just as there is no need to cure people who have red hair, income inequality isn't an ailment; it is a sign that free markets are properly assessing the value that results from the labor of people in different professions.

Obama gins up his outrage act over VA scandal
President Barack Obama is fed up -- again.

Tuesday
Jan072014

ALG's Daily Grind - Are we in another housing bubble? 

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Jan. 6, 2014

Are we in another housing bubble?
According the Case Shiller Home Price Index, home values are up 13.6 percent year over year as of October. Meanwhile, wages have been flat. How long can it last?

Global warmists trapped in Antarctic ice were frozen by flawed assumptions
Russian ship trapped in Antarctic ice. Various ice-breakers from other nations have attempted to free it, but to no avail. The ship is encased in tons of floating sea ice.

Pritchard: Reinhart and Rogoff warn of 'savings tax' and mass write-offs as West's debt hits 200-year high
"The paper said policy elites in the West are still clinging to the illusion that rich countries are different from poorer regions and can therefore chip away at their debts with a blend of austerity cuts, growth, and tinkering ('forbearance')."

Thursday
May302013

ALG's Daily Grind - Is a housing recovery at hand? 

May 29, 2013

Is a housing recovery at hand?

Volume remains low even as prices rise off the bottom.

Only Nixon

If only Nixon could go to China, then only Obama…

Bakken or Green River:  Two irreconcilable visions

The state of North Dakota has now passed Alaska to become the second largest oil producing state in the nation.

Lee: When Even Barney Frank Sings The Praises Of Free Markets, We Must Listen

Frank on Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank: "I believe that a free market approach in this area will be better for the economy and all concerned parties than the current system."

Friday
Feb222013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Incomplete Budget, RGGI, and Housing Data 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


The governor’s budget address last week, while surprisingly incomplete, did reveal some troubling trends as well as a few pieces of good news. There are a lot of details we can’t figure out until she finishes the budget detail (which was due last Friday) but we do have a sense of the priorities she has set.

The governor is required by law to present a budget no later than February 15 of her first year in office. The components of that budget are spelled out by law but they boil down to one document which is the numbers – a sort of giant spreadsheet – that becomes House Bill 1 and a second document which includes all the explanations and legal language – a narrative document that explains the spreadsheet – that becomes House Bill 2... Click here to keep reading.

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NHOpenGov

The State's Checkbook Online

Ever wonder how and where New Hampshire spends your tax dollars? Look no further than NHOpenGov.org, an open government project of the Center. We now have more than 3.5 Million transactions detailing how every last dollar was spent from the past 4 1/2 years. Help us find government waste! Click here to start looking.

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Changes in Greenhouse Gas Program are All About Money

Lowering the Cap About Money, not the Environment

Five years in, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative isn’t working out the way its supporters said it would, and they want to make drastic changes to the program in order to get state revenues flowing again... Click here to keep reading.

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The NH Housing Market in January


Slight Uptick in Foreclosures, Sales Fall

According to the foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac, 512 New Hampshire residential properties received foreclosure notices in January. While this is an increase from the 405 in December, the number of filings seen last month is substantially lower than the 2012 monthly average. Click here to keep reading.