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E-M:/ Stealthing and Sleuthing on Property Rights



Please take a few moments to read the complete article linked below—it provides an excellent overview of everything that is at stake with a host of so-called “property rights” campaigns that are blowing up around the country (and Michigan) under a deceptive eminent domain/anti-Kelo banner. Everyone you know who cares at all should read this piece. 

Thanks,

Brad Garmon | Land Programs Director | Michigan Environmental Council

Ph. 517-487-9539 | Fax 517-487-9541

Email: bradmec@voyager.net

MEC: Protecting Michigan's Land, Air and Water for 25 Years

Taking Liberties

. . . . The initiatives have titles like "Protect Our Homes," "The Home Owners Protection Effort" and "People’s Initiative to Stop the Taking of Our Land" — as if the government is about to come in with bulldozers to sweep everyone off their property. But here’s how the initiatives would work: If you could fit 20 houses on your land, plus a junkyard, a gravel mine, and a lemonade stand, and the government limits you to six houses and lemonade, then the government would have to pay you whatever profit you would have made on the unbuilt 14 houses, junkyard and mine. Generally, if the government can’t or won’t pay you, then it would have to drop the regulations. . . . .

The initiatives on state ballots this year vary in their specifics, but like Measure 37 [in Oregon] . . . they are intended not to make regulations workable, but to prevent them entirely. . . .

Read the entire article: http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.PrintableArticle?article_id=16409