Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

Rent Control Resurgent

(Rick Wilking/Reuters)
An economically illiterate policy is on the ballot in California

Progressives enjoy boasting that their policies are guided by science, that their politics have been liberated from mere ideology by evidence and expertise.

That news has not yet reached California, where a ballot initiative under consideration, Proposition 10, would open the way toward expanding government-imposed price controls on residential rentals, a policy based in economic ignorance and pure superstition. It would do so by repealing the 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which exempts buildings built in 1995 or after from rent control (and buildings built earlier, in some cases: 1979 for San Francisco and 1980 for Berkeley). It exempts

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