Tag: Land use

Good News for Californians: Redevelopment Agencies Shut Down »

In the face of substantial budgetary problems, California’s legislature voted to shut down its more than 400 redevelopment agencies that used tax dollars to partner with developers to redevelop blighted areas. Governor Jerry Brown proposed shutting down those agencies, saying the $5 billion they spent annually could be better spent elsewhere. One reason this...
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Greek “Privatization” Isn’t »

Greece is reportedly putting into practice Independent Institute Senior Fellow William Shughart’s recommended course of action to insolvent governments: sell off government-held assets, pay off your debts, and get your fiscal house in order for the future. And Greek’s government owns vast swathes of highly desirable property: An umbrella company for most of Greece’s...
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Land Use Planning Takes a Step Back in Florida »

Florida’s new Governor Rick Scott promised to cut government and make Florida more business-friendly when he campaigned. In addition to overseeing a reduction in state spending, which I wrote about here, he also dialed back the state’s land use planning by cutting state oversight, and abolishing the agency that was the overseer. The bill...
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Robert Higgs Speaks on the U.S. Government’s Ethanol Scam »

Here is Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs speaking on “Ethanol Subsidies Have Many Bad Consequences,” from the Mises Circle seminar, “Agricultural Subsidies: Down on the D.C. Farm,” held May 14th in Indianapolis. Download audio file (27:51 minutes) Please also see the following books: Plowshares & Pork Barrels: The Political Economy of Agriculture, by...
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It’s Official: Environmentalism Is the New Religion »

Robert Nelson, in the Independent Institute’s recent book, The New Holy Wars, points out that environmental religion owes its moral activism, ascetic discipline, reverence for nature, and fallen view of man to the Protestant theology of John Calvin. Manhattan’s new Church of Earthalujah is perhaps the most striking—though hardly rare—expression of this new religion....
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Bruce Benson Discusses His Book Property Rights »

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Bruce Benson discusses his 2010 book, Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined, in a twenty-minute podcast produced by Kosmos available here. The interview was conducted by Jeanne Hoffman last October, but it is as timely as ever. Topics in the interview include: the use of the courts and...
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Blacks in Montgomery Organize Against “Eminent Domain through the Back Door” »

Property owners in Mongomery, in cooperation with the Institute for Justice, are organizing a press conference for Saturday to organize opposition to the city’s demolition of homes (many owned by blacks in Rosa Parks’ old neighborhood) through “eminent domain through the back door.” Christina Walsh has a powerful story: On Imagine you come home...
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Affordable Housing »

Five years ago, as the housing bubble was ramping up, affordable housing was a big issue. Today, as housing prices have fallen after the bubble burst, I may be one of the few people who thinks housing prices are still too high. [Also see the recent book, Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis.]...
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Fox News on Montgomery’s Eminent Domain Through the Back Door »

In my capacity as chair of the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights I am featured today in two Fox stories (print and television). Our committee has been investigating eminent domain as a civil rights issue. The stories describe how “eminent domain through the back door” has become commonplace...
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President Obama and the Jones Act »

Any vestiges of goodwill and support for President Obama that I hold are vanishing faster than the Gulf Coast wetlands. Our “green” president is directly responsible for the escalation of the worst man-made environmental disaster in American history. The catastrophic explosion of Deepwater Horizon on April 20 was not directly caused by Obama, obviously....
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