A Mesa, Arizona businessman learned about eminent domain abuse the hard way. When Bailey said he didn’t want to sell his family-owned brake shop, the city tried to use its power of eminent domain to take his property and give it to a local developer in the name of economic development. Bailey won in court, and Arizona passed Proposition 207 to help protect private property from such abuse. The Goldwater Institute developed Proposition 207 and is monitoring its success, and is committed to ensuring that government respects private property.
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Giving Property Owners Their Day in CourtPosted on April 12, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur
Thanks to a new law, property owners in Arizona can have their day in court. Gov. Jan Brewer’s ink on HB 2319 corrects a serious judicial error that made the court claim process so confusing that few lawyers – let alone property owners – could figure out how to seek compensation for loss of property value under Prop. 207.
For Cities, a 20-Year Roadmap to Prosperity and FreedomPosted on January 17, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
At least one Arizona city understands that the key to economic growth is more freedom and lower costs levied on businesses.
NY Times profiles Goldwater Institute: "A Watchdog for Conservative Ideals"Posted on December 26, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Marc Lacey
Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.
Justice in every sensePosted on November 01, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
This month marks Justice Clarence Thomas’ 20th anniversary on the U.S. Supreme Court. Emerging from one of the most tumultuous confirmation battles in history, Justice Thomas has become one of the greatest Supreme Court justices in the Court's history.
Aspen 528 LLC v. FlagstaffPosted on October 19, 2011 | Type: Amicus Brief
In Arizona, a property owner's first line of defense is the Private Property Rights Protection Act ("PPRPA"), A.R.S. § 12-1134 et. seq.