U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Kelo v. City of New London

Posted on December 03, 2004 | Type: Amicus Brief | Author: Mark Brnovich
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A 2004 Goldwater Institute Study provides compelling evidence that condemning private property for economic development is unnecessary and reasonable alternatives for redevelopment exist. Although there are legitimate reasons for invoking eminent domain, such as building roads, bridges and military installations, the current practice of condemning private property in the name of redevelopment is rarely about blight removal or building public infrastructure and regularly about turning areas that produce little tax revenue into high revenue generators. This abuse of eminent domain power by local governments is not only unnecessary, but creates uncertainty about property rights and violates fundamental constitutional principles. Also, it is often counter-productive to the goals of economic development and revitalization.

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