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Property Rights

Whether it’s a home or a business, the right to own property is a basic part of what it means to be free. Property rights allow us to benefit from the fruits of our labor and to live freer, happier lives. But government frequently interferes with that right by restricting how we can use our property. And federal courts have largely refused to intervene on behalf of property owners. So Goldwater is using state law to protect our rights by ensuring that government cannot take land directly or deprive an owner of the rights to rent, improve, sell, or otherwise use her property, unless it pays them just compensation for that taking.

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Ending Government Theft

Civil forfeiture is a law that allows police to take, keep, and profit from someone’s property without even charging them with a crime—much less convicting them of one. Once the property is seized, it is up to the owner of the property to hire a lawyer and go to court to attempt to get his or her property back. The Goldwater Institute is fighting back against this unjust practice. Learn more about it here.

Protecting Home-Sharing

The sharing economy creates new economic opportunities by connecting property owners and travelers through Internet home-sharing platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway. Unfortunately, government bans on home-sharing deprive people of their fundamental right to safely use their property as they see fit. The Goldwater Institute is fighting back to protect the right to share your home. Read more about it here.

Property Ownership Fairness

Too often, government unjustly seizes private property, acting far outside the scope of its authority. The Goldwater Institute’s Property Ownership Fairness Act prevents unjust seizure of land by ensuring government can only take private property for purely public use and requiring government to compensate property owners when government regulations cause a decrease in their property value. Read more about it here. 

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Property Rights

Goldwater is protecting a cornerstone of Americans’ liberty: the right to own and use their property as they see fit.

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Jobs & Economy

When government stands in the way of people who just want to pursue their career, Goldwater breaks down barriers to work.

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Free Speech

Free speech is under attack in America. But Goldwater is leading the fight to protect Americans’ right to speak their minds.

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Goldwater is unleashing innovation in healthcare, fighting to protect and expand patient choice, access, and affordability.

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Constitutional Rights

Anytime government threatens to trample the U.S. Constitution, Goldwater is ready to go to court to defend our rights.

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Limited Government

Goldwater takes down cronyism, sweetheart deals, and government overreach so Americans are treated fairly and equally.

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Goldwater is expanding school choice nationwide so families can get their children the education they deserve.

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Academic Transparency

Parents have a right to know what's being taught in the classroom, and we're defending that right.

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