Empty Homes Bill Fails, Legislation to Gut Affordable Housing Program Advances. Rep. Yin Gives His Take

A legislative committee in Cheyenne took action today on two bills that could profoundly affect Jackson and its housing crisis. The Joint Corporations Committee rejected Jackson Rep. Mike Yin’s empty homes bill. That legislation would have…

A legislative committee in Cheyenne took action today on two bills that could profoundly affect Jackson and its housing crisis.

The Joint Corporations Committee rejected Jackson Rep. Mike Yin’s empty homes bill. That legislation would have charged homeowners a fee for homes that are unoccupied for at least six months out of the year and incentivized them to rent their properties to local workers.

The committee also approved a bill that housing advocates are deeply concerned about. It voted to advance legislation that could dismantle Jackson’s affordable housing program. That bill would prohibit towns and counties from requiring developers to build or pay for housing.

For more on these developments, KHOL called Yin in Cheyenne.

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Robyn launched KHOL's news department. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Wyoming for the last decade and her work has aired on NPR stations throughout the West. When she's not sweating deadlines, Robyn sustains her nomadic heart by traveling the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow @TheNomadicHeart

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