"Doomsday? No Way. Economic Trends and Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform"

Just received from the IJ, Institute for Justice. IJ is the 501C-3 civil liberties, public interest law firm that represented Susette Kelo in the Kelo V. city of New London, CT property rights case.

Doomsday? No Way Economic Trends and Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform

When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld eminent domain for private development in the 2005 Kelo case, the public reacted with shock and outrage, leading to a nationwide movement to reform state laws and curb the abuse of eminent domain for private gain. By the end of 2007, 42 states had passed some type of eminent domain reform.

Throughout the public backlash to the Kelo ruling, those who favor eminent domain for private development predicted—and continue to predict—dire consequences from reform for state and local economies: fewer jobs, less development and lower tax revenues.

This report tests those doom-and-gloom predictions. We examined economic indicators closely tied to reform opponents’ forecasts—construction jobs, building permits and property tax revenues—before and after reform across all states and between states grouped by strength of reform.. . . . READ MORE,download this entire study in PDF format at:


Gilbert comment. This latest report blows holes in the League of Cities bogus argument that they need eminent domain as a tool in their tool box where they bulldoze private property when property owners are not interested in selling.

Six years ago president Bush launched the “No Child Left Behind Act.” Don’t let California be the state that is “left behind” while others acknowledge AND take individual corrective action, as suggested by the Supreme Court, to restore our Fifth Amendment property rights.

This June I urge you to vote YES on the CPOFPA version of eminent domain reform. CPOFPA California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act. That’s a mouth full.

The League of Cities effort to block this protection has correctly been labeled a Trojan Horse. It will not protect any house of worship, family farm, small business, investment property or newly acquired homes.

“Trust, but verify.”
Larry Gilbert, Orange County Co-Director CURE and member of the grass roots Castle Coalition.

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