Phoenix lawmaker attempts to revive housing bill amid bipartisan opposition

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 12:45pm
Updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 2:13pm

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Apartment complex under construction Sept. 22, 2019, near Seventh Street and Maryland Avenue in Phoenix.

Affordable housing is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing policymakers in Arizona as prices go up and we stare down a massive housing shortage and growing homelessness problem.

But, a major controversial effort to combat the housing crisis at the Arizona Capitol went down in bipartisan flames last week after Republican state Sen. Steve Kaiser had spent months trying to convince stakeholders from all sides that something had to be done.

But the debate isn’t over yet. Kaiser is trying to revive at least parts of his proposal — and lobbyists for Arizona cities and towns are advancing their own competing one.

Jeremy Duda is with Axios Phoenix, and he joined The Show to discuss the latest developments.

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