Seattle – Today Washington Policy Center (WPC) and Institute for Justice – Washington Chapter (IJ-WA) released a new study describing specific examples of how local governments in Washington have abused the Community Renewal Law to take private property from citizens.
Jeanette M. Petersen, WPC Adjunct Scholar, January, 2010
In its controversial five-to-four decision in the 2005 Kelo v. City of New London case, the U.S. Supreme Court gave government officials the power to take property from local homeowners and sell it to private corporations as part of a mandatory economic development plan.
Seattle—If you own a home, a farm, a small business or a piece of land in the state of Washington, you should be disturbed to learn the results of a new study released by the Washington Policy Center.
The report, “The Use and Abuse of Washington’s Community Renewal Law,” concludes that, because of Washington’s Community Renewal Law (CRL), home and small-business owners of the Evergreen State are not protected from eminent domain abuse—local government officials can take anyone’s property and sell it to a developer for private gain.