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Byline: Rebekah Metzler and Susan M. Cover
Aug. 29--AUGUSTA -- Assistant House Majority Leader Andre Cushing, R-Hampden, has been selected to serve as chairman of a new Blue Ribbon Commission on Affordable Housing.
The 17-member panel will study Maine's housing situation and "develop a plan to maximize investments to meet a number of severe problems in the state," according to the House Republican Office.
Cushing, a Realtor and home builder by profession, cited a 2009 study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that found that 86,000 Maine households face "severe housing affordability problems." The panel has until January to deliver a report to lawmakers proposing solutions.
"The responsibilities of the commission run wide and deep," Cushing said in a statement. "Our goal is to make a real difference."
The resolve indicates that no General Fund money is to be used to support the …