Democrats put rising rental rates at heart of Florida gubernatorial race – Political Cortadito
Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Fried Nikkithe only Democrat elected statewide, has grabbed hold of what some predict will be a corner issue in this competitive election: affordable housing and skyrocketing rental rates.
Fried is promoting his first real policy plan called “Lower Costs, Higher Standards,” with a six-city statewide tour that stopped in the capital on Wednesday and traveled to Pensacola on Thursday.
The aggressive proposal, unveiled on Monday, would be:
- Declare a housing emergency
- Extend Homestead exemption from $50,000 to $100,000
- Immediately veto any attempt to raid Florida’s earmarked affordable housing funds under the Sadowski Act
- Create ways to preserve current multi-family units
- Order the Attorney General to investigate rent increases above 10% per year (because price gouging is not illegal with rents)
Fried also talked about allowing municipalities to pass some kind of rent control measures to address a growing problem in Greater Miami, where the Miami City Commission and Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava have recently declared a housing affordability emergency.
According to realtor.com, rents in South Florida — which overtook New York City as the most expensive place to live — have risen an average of about 30% this year. And that number is growing exponentially. In February, the year-over-year rent increase for a two-bedroom apartment was more than 55%, making Miami “the least affordable rental market in February 2022.”
“We need a governor who is willing to explore innovative ideas, like using empty hotels and motels to convert them into efficient affordable housing,” Fried said Wednesday at a campaign event in the capital. ‘State.
“There are a million great ideas out there, but too often it’s blocked by bureaucratic red tape, not locally, but in Tallahassee,” Fried said. “We also need a governor who works every day to lower our cost of living and raise our standard of living. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
“And that starts with housing affordability.”
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The question of the Sadowski fund is an indirect to the Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantiswhich last year cut the fund in half, diverting $200 million to sewage treatment and sea-level rise projects, and its $225 million veto of the year’s funding previous.
Congressman charlie christa former governor who is also running for the Democratic nomination, also addressed the raid on the Sadowski funds, which DeSantis later denied doing.
“Floridians want leadership that cares about rising prices and affordable housing. It is therefore disappointing that Governor DeSantis does not know the facts or tell the truth,” Crist said in a February statement. “The truth is that his policy has made halved the Sadowski fund last year, and his poor judgment is hurting Floridians.
“His latest effort in this year’s budget does nothing to offset the housing funding that was eliminated last year. He could have fixed it, but he chose not to. Our state’s affordable housing crisis is real, it is painful, and our current governor is not adequately addressing it. »
Sen. Annette Taddeoanother Democratic candidate for the Democratic nomination, also criticized the Republican governor for failing to tackle the housing crisis and for approving insurance hikes by a company linked to Communist China.
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“DeSantis is serving up millions in massive rate hikes paid by Floridians to communist China,” Taddeo said in a statement Tuesday. “If he thinks that’s what ‘freedom’ looks like, there’s prime coastal real estate in Venezuela, I’m sure Maduro would love to sell it.”
You know we’ll see that in shippers in October — regardless of which Democrat wins the primary.