The Tempe City Council will vote tonight on whether to condemn 214 acres of private property so it can be turned over to a private developer to build a mega shopping center. That may be a worthy project for the prime real estate, but
In 2003, the Arizona Court of Appeals struck down a similar private property grab in Bailey v. Myers, ruling that the City of Mesa could not condemn a family brake shop business and hand the property over to another private businessman.
In an op-ed last July, I reviewed the Tempe case and several alternatives to eminent domain that have been successful in cities such as Seattle. With such options available, Tempe could get its shopping center, and property owners' rights would still be intact.
Arizona wine consumers soon may be calling up their favorite wineries to order vintages that are currently off-limits. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule in early spring whether to overturn Arizona's monopoly wine distribution system.
Current Arizona law prevents consumers from ordering directly from wineries, instead requiring wines to pass through a three-tiered distribution system. Similar schemes in other states have been deemed unconstitutional. Overturning such schemes could free up e-commerce for other industries as well, including real estate, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals.
In the January 10 edition of Forbes, editor Steve Forbes argues that the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn prohibitions on the direct shipment of wine. We agree. In an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, the Goldwater Institute contends that Arizona's current distribution system prohibits free trade among the states, in violation of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
To find the best restaurants, ask chefs where they dine. To find the best schools, ask teachers where they send their children. A study from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation does just that. Using 2000 Census Bureau data, study authors find that on average, urban public school teachers send their children to private schools at a rate nearly double the national average, 22 percent compared to 12 percent. The complete study, Where Do Public School Teachers Send Their Kids to School?, is available online at www.edexcellence.net./foundation/publication/publication.cfm?id=333
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