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When govtís asking, is it really just a request?

From Arlington County: The County Board, responding to what they said is a growing crisis, had been asking developers of residential buildings to set aside voluntarily at least 10 percent of floor space for affordable housing. Board members similarly asked developers of office buildings to volunteer to make substantial monetary contributions. Friday, Arlington Circuit Judge Joanne F. Alper issued a ruling finding that those requests were in fact requirements, and that as a result, the county had exceeded its legal authority under state law. For more, see this Reason study.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.