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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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  • Goodman v. City of Tucson (Prop 207 case)

    Posted on March 11, 2008 | Type: Case

    The Goldwater Institute represented Goodman in Pima County Superior Court. We asked for a declaration that the demolition amendments violate Goodman's due process rights, an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the demolition amendments, and compensation for the diminution of Goodman's property values. A judge ruled in favor of Goodman. The next step in the case is to determine how much the City of Tucson must pay Goodman in damages. The Goldwater Institute is not part of this portion of the case and private attorneys in Tucson are now handling the damages issue.

  • Cell battle waged at Capitol

    Posted on January 25, 2008 | Type: Press Release

    A campaign has been launched against a measure that would cap cell-phone contracts to one year and make it easier for consumers to cancel a contract.

  • Cell Phone Bill of Rights Could Raise Prices

    Posted on January 22, 2008 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix: During this legislative session lawmakers will consider a host of proposals aimed at protecting consumers. But a new report says one of those, the Cellphone Users Bill of Rights, will likely hurt the consumers it aims to help.

  • 100 Ideas for 100 Days 2008

    Posted on January 03, 2008 | Type: Policy Report

    As the branch of government explicitly charged with lawmaking, the legislature has the potential to be the greatest guardian of constitutionally enshrined liberties. To that end, the Goldwater Institute presents 100 ideas—one idea to consider for each day of the legislative session (and a few more for good measure)to protect and advance individual rights.

  • New Goldwater Institute Lawsuit Challenges Mesa Cultural Facilities Impact Fee

    Posted on September 05, 2007 | Type: Press Release

    Group seeks strict adherence to law requiring fees be directly related to new growth

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