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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Limits on eminent domain

I'm all for this.

One sentence in the article sums this issue up perfectly: "What [the government] cannot do is take property from A and give it to B just because B promises to create more jobs and taxes with the land." That's it in a nutshell. Just because some government doesn't like "Joe's Slop Shack" doesn't mean they have the right to condemn the land and give it to "Trump's Gold-Plated Fabergé Eggs" because the latter will pay more in taxes. This is an issue that just about everybody can agree on, and based on how broad this coalition is, everybody has.


At 5:51 PM, March 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sue Jeffers For Governor
P.O. Box 120015
New Brighton, MN 55112

March 2, 2006

Gubernatorial Candidate Sue Jeffers Endorses the Johnson/Bakk Eminent Domain Reform Bill

“Our home is our castle and it’s under siege,” said Gubernatorial Candidate Sue Jeffers. “Property rights are fundamental to America. Minnesota needs to act now to pass legislation to protect our homeowners by setting limits on the power to take private property. As your next governor I would sign legislation such as Johnson/Bakk HF 2846.”

The Johnson/Bakk Reform bill, which was introduced by Minnesotans for Eminent Domain Reform, limits eminent domain with fair definitions of “public use” and “blight”. The Johnson/ Bakk Reform bill also requires the government to prove by clear and convincing evidence that they are properly using eminent domain when taking private property.

Sue Jeffers and other organizations have made it clear that property rights are essential. The Johnson/Bakk bill has support from the NAACP, Minneapolis Urban League, MN Farmers Union, Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce, MN Auto Dealers Association, MN Farm Bureau, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of MN and several other organizations.

“The Supreme Court may have ripped apart the Fifth Amendment but it is up to ‘We The People’ to repair it,” says Jeffers.

The Supreme Court Kelo vs. New London decision has emboldened governments and developers seeking to take property from home, farm and small business owners. Property has been threatened or taken in New Brighton, Rosemount, Brooklyn Center, Champlin, and elsewhere in Minnesota since the Kelo decision.

“There is no bigger champion of private property rights based on my community involvement and support on these issues. As your governor I would fight to protect your private property 110%,” Jeffers stated.


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