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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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  • Carrie Ann Sitren on the Luke AFB Moratorium

    Posted on February 17, 2009 | Type: Video

    The Goldwater Institute filed a $20 million dollar claim against Maricopa County on behalf of more than 175 property owners. Under Prop 207, government is required to compensate property owners when it enacts laws that reduce existing property values. Maricopa County placed a building moratorium on building permits in the "Clear Zone" near Luke Air Force Base, which lowered residents' property values. Attorney Carrie Ann Sitren appeared on Channel 3 to explain.

  • Goldwater Institute Files $20 million in Prop 207 Claims against Maricopa County

    Posted on February 17, 2009 | Type: Press Release

    Institute seeks compensation for homeowners whose property rights have been violated

  • Developer's good deeds go punished

    Posted on November 20, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    In any other city, Mike Goodman would be hailed as a visionary of "smart growth." He buys dilapidated properties near Tucson's downtown core and the University of Arizona and replaces them with upscale higher-density housing that meets or exceeds zoning requirements and building standards. The developments increase property values and help alleviate the shortage of student housing.

  • 100 Ideas for 100 Days 2009

    Posted on November 19, 2008 | Type: Policy Report

    The Goldwater Institute presents 100 Ideas for 100 Days—one idea for each day of the legislative session. These ideas will help lower the tax burden, give parents more choices in where their children go to school, and address the states billion dollar budget shortfall.

  • Papers or Your Property!

    Posted on March 25, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    The 1990 movie, The Hunt for Red October, has a poignant scene in which the Soviet submarine captain and his second-in-command contemplate what they will do once they defect to America.

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