Eminent domain

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    Can Ben Carson and YIMBYism spur more affordable housing?

    “The high cost of housing is an important factor in trapping millions of Americans in poverty,” Michael Tanner writes in National Review. “On average, Americans in the lowest third of incomes spend more than 40 percent of their income on housing, a number that rises to more than 50…
    Joseph Coletti, October 19, 2018
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    Eminent Domain Reform Wins Unanimous Approval in U.S. House

    Thirteen years ago, in Kelo v. City of New London, the U.S. Supreme Court shocked the country by upholding the City of New London’s use of eminent domain to seize working class citizens’ homes and give the land to a private corporation for “high-end” commercial development. In response to…
    Jon Guze, July 26, 2018
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    New Movie About Eminent Domain Coming to Raleigh

    Institute for Justice client, Susette Kelo, was the owner of a “little pink house” that now serves as a national symbol against eminent domain abuse that allows the government to take people’s homes and property for the sake of development. You may recall the John Locke Foundation has written on…
    Anna Manning, April 18, 2018
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    Financing roads

    The Trump administration has shared the outlines of its effort to reform and rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure. John Tierney, writing for City Journal, sums up the approach as “get the federal government out of the way.” Decisions made a half century ago to forbid tolling on Interstates has…
    Joseph Coletti, January 26, 2018
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    The CSX Hub should offer a warning

    At the John Locke Foundation, we’ve been keeping an eye on the proposed CSX Intermodal Terminal planned for Rocky Mount for the past couple years.  Carolina Journal has been reporting on the story, too. In November, there were rumors that the project might be dead.  Now it’s sounding even…
    Julie Tisdale, January 19, 2018
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    Leef highlights new movie on eminent domain abuse

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on a new film that dramatizes the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case that sanctioned eminent domain abuse. The Supreme Court’s 2005 ruling in Kelo v. New London was that year’s blockbuster. Literally. The Court gave its blessing to the use…
    Mitch Kokai, March 20, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Donald Trump and Richard Burr were among the big winners on election night in North Carolina. Rick Henderson analyzes those races during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear highlights from Burr’s victory speech, along with the concession speech from Democratic challenger Deborah Ross. UNC…
    Mitch Kokai, November 18, 2016
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    Leef’s latest Forbes column targets Trump’s take on eminent domain

    George Leef uses his latest Forbes column to examine Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s approach to government use of eminent domain. Donald Trump also loves big government and it’s hard to imagine him arguing for any significant downsizing of our governmental leviathan. His defense of using…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2016