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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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  • Ruling: Developer's suit vs. city to stay

    Posted on November 06, 2009 | Type: In the News

    A Pima County Superior Court judge refused this week to throw out a lawsuit by a Tucson mini-dorm developer who sued the city claiming city demolition rules lowered his property values.

  • Tucson Court Issues First Prop 207 Victory for Home and Business Owners

    Posted on November 05, 2009 | Type: Press Release

    Tucson--A Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of Goldwater Institute client Mike Goodman, who filed suit against the City of Tucson under Arizona's Proposition 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act passed by Arizona voters

  • Property tax exemptions may be next battle in subsidy war

    Posted on October 23, 2009 | Type: In the News

    The next shoe to drop in the legal fight over special tax breaks and subsidies for developers could be over the 100 percent tax exemptions ponied up for high-profile projects such as ASU SkySong in Scottsdale and enjoyed by professional sports teams.

  • Goldwater Institute asks U.S. Supreme Court to Apply 14th Amendment to Property Seizures

    Posted on August 11, 2009 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix--In 2002, a New Jersey woman named Carol Thomas made headlines after her teenage son used her 1990 Ford Thunderbird to sell marijuana to an undercover police officer. He was arrested, pled guilty and faced his punishment. But that did not end the case. The government also seized Thomas' car, despite the fact that no drugs were found in the car, she was the sole owner, and she had no knowledge of her son's use of the car to sell illegal drugs.

  • Arizona property owners need protection

    Posted on August 10, 2009 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Nick Dranias

    Tucson developer Mike Goodman did everything right. But that didn't stop Tucson bureaucrats from pulling the rug out from underneath him and his construction project.

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