Audio - Chip Mellor
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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London, the flood gates to the abuse of eminent domain for private development are now wide open. Cities can take a person's home or business and transfer it to a developer as long as they think that the developer's project might produce more tax revenues and jobs. Understandably, people across the country now fear that their homes, businesses, and even their churches are not safe from the alliance of tax-hungry municipalities and land-hungry developers.
Chip Mellor, president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice, which represented the homeowners in the Kelo case, discusses the national and local impact of that case, as well as the need for states to increase their legal protections against the abuse of eminent domain.
The online magazine New West from Missoula reports on Mellor's Bozeman speech. In short, it says, "Montana state laws may present more dangers to private property owners than eminent domain." Read the article "Don't Fear the Blight: Fear Montana State Laws" .
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