Gov. Maura Healey has named former Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus as the state’s first housing secretary in 30 years.
Unless you think the law of supply and demand doesn’t have any bearing on the housing market, you know the sudden halt in new construction will make our shortage of homes even worse, driving prices even higher.
Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll seemed to move up the timeline for hiring a new housing secretary Tuesday, telling local officials that the Healey administration is planning to fill the new post “in a quick manner” after it becomes “available” later this month.
Gov. Maura Healey has begun looking for a housing secretary to fulfill a long-promised campaign pledge as the state legislature gears up to take action on her plan to officially create the role.
There appears to be no opposition to Gov. Maura Healey’s reorganization of state economic development bureaucracy to spur more housing production, but it’s uncertain when the state legislature will approve the move.
Gov. Maura Healey will file long-promised legislation in March to create a standalone housing secretariat in her executive branch, and the head of that proposed office is not likely to start their work until “closer to the fiscal year” that starts July 1, Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll said Tuesday.