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.
Brad Garmon | Land Programs Director |
Ph. 517-487-9539 | Fax 517-487-9541
. . . . 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. . . . .
initiatives on state ballots this year vary in their specifics, but like
Measure 37 [in
Read the entire article: http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.PrintableArticle?article_id=16409