Last week, the Boston City Council voted 10-3 in favor of a home rule petition to the Massachusetts legislature to levy a real estate transfer tax on high-end sales.

A few days later, on December 16th 2019, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh signed the petition in a signing ceremony in Chinatown with housing advocates and lead sponsors. It now heads to the state legislature with growing home rule petitions from other communities.

Chuck Collins directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Get more news like this, directly in your inbox.

Subscribe to our newsletter.