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A Mesa, Arizona businessman learned about eminent domain abuse the hard way. When Bailey said he didn’t want to sell his family-owned brake shop, the city tried to use its power of eminent domain to take his property and give it to a local developer in the name of economic development. Bailey won in court, and Arizona passed Proposition 207 to help protect private property from such abuse. The Goldwater Institute developed Proposition 207 and is monitoring its success, and is committed to ensuring that government respects private property.

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  • (Un)Welcome to Sedona!

    Posted on May 31, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    Just six years ago, Arizonans enacted one of the nation’s strongest protections for property rights. That measure is Proposition 207, and it says the government must compensate you when regulations reduce your property value.

  • Giving Property Owners Their Day in Court

    Posted on April 12, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    Thanks to a new law, property owners in Arizona can have their day in court. Gov. Jan Brewer’s ink on HB 2319 corrects a serious judicial error that made the court claim process so confusing that few lawyers – let alone property owners – could figure out how to seek compensation for loss of property value under Prop. 207.

  • For Cities, a 20-Year Roadmap to Prosperity and Freedom

    Posted on January 17, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    At least one Arizona city understands that the key to economic growth is more freedom and lower costs levied on businesses.

  • NY Times profiles Goldwater Institute: "A Watchdog for Conservative Ideals"

    Posted on December 26, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Marc Lacey

    Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.

  • Justice in every sense

    Posted on November 01, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    This month marks Justice Clarence Thomas’ 20th anniversary on the U.S. Supreme Court. Emerging from one of the most tumultuous confirmation battles in history, Justice Thomas has become one of the greatest Supreme Court justices in the Court's history.

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