AUSTIN – Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Bryan Mathew, policy analyst for the Center for Local Governance, issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1449. The bill prohibits municipalities from imposing linkage fees on new construction.

          “Too many Texans are struggling to afford a home, thanks to a surge in housing demand in Texas’ major cities and the slow expansion of housing supply,” said Mathew. “By passing this bill, the Texas House rightly recognized that linkage fees—special fees on new construction to fund subsidies for a limited number of housing units—would only heighten the affordability crisis. Instead, cities should pare back excessive land-use regulations to allow supply to meet demand.”

For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Mathew, please contact Alicia Pierce at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.

Bryan Mathew is a policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas. The Texas Public Policy Foundation aims to advance a societal framework that effectively fosters human flourishing based upon cooperation and mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and speech.

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