Skip to comments.SOLD DOWN THE RIVER. How Haley Barbour sabotaged eminent domain reform
Posted on 05/11/2009 1:22:48 PM PDT by mick
Since the Supreme Court's notorious 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which allowed that municipality to seize private property on behalf of the Pfizer Corporation, 43 states have passed laws protecting property rights against Kelo-style eminent domain abuse. Mississippi is not one of those states. But that nearly changed in March 2009 when the Mississippi legislature voted overwhelmingly in support of a proposed law which would have guaranteed that "the right of eminent domain shall not be exercised for the purpose of taking or damaging privately owned real property for private development or for a private purpose; or for enhancement of tax revenue; or for transfer to a person, nongovernmental entity, public-private partnership, corporation or other business entity." But none of that mattered to Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who promptly vetoed the bill, claiming it would cripple his ability to lure large corporations into the state.
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Haley just screwed himself for any future consideration.
Unfortunately, some of the negative things said about republican leaders are true.
He’s done. Turns out Haley is just another wet weasel RINO with a fungible set of principles. He is now an official entry on my RINO $hitlist.
Will put this on my “Do Not Read RINO List”. LOL
Yep, he's showing himself to be yet another corporatist GOP hack, which IMO is the worst species of RINO - those who think corporations should have more rights than citizens.
But none of that mattered to Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who promptly vetoed the bill, claiming it would cripple his ability to lure large corporations into the state.Eminent Domain reform isn't what would keep large corporations from relocating to Mississippi.
Haley Barbour is friends and business partners in a restaurant with one of the biggest Democrat lobbyists in Washington DC.
Yes, not that I was ever a fan, but this is completely unacceptable.
I have a bit of a problem with that because here is Kansas we have a case where eminent domain was used to acquire land for a private developer to build the Kansas Speedway. The goal of the Wyandotte County government was to spur economic development in the area hoping that higher sales tax revenues would lead to lower taxes - at the time Wyandotte had the highest property and personal property taxes in the state. To make a long story short, the goal of attracting additional economic development succeeded far beyond anyone's wildest dreams - stores, hotels, water parks, theaters, minor league ball park, all built as a result of the Kansas Speedway being there - and all the residents of the county have had their taxes lowered every year and the level of their services increasing over the same period.
I'm not in favor of using eminent domain willy-nilly, but this is a case where using those powers to aid a private developer led to real benefits for everyone in the county. According to this law, the county would not have been able to do that and odds are the race track and all its benefits would have been lost. I think that this is a decision best left to the states and that the Supreme Court was right in refusing to overturn the Connecticut court decision. Right or wrong, its for the states to decide.
Barbour went RINO when he jumped on the ‘soak the insurers’ bandwagon after Katrina in the name of populism...
Yea. This is a 100% unacceptable position for anyone calling themselves a conservative or libertarian.
... to formally regulate the government's use of eminent domain to take private property for economic development projects. "It would be a very, very strict process would have to be accomplished before any private property could be taken," Barbour said Tuesday at the Capitol.It is doubtful that MS would have landed either the Nissan plant in Canton, or the Toyota plant in north MS if the land could not have been secured for these massive manufacturing projects. Whoever said Mississippi isn't 50th for no reason is correct. We had almost 100 years of single party (democrat) rule in this state. If you want to see corrupt party politics, you'll never see a better example than the Dem party in MS, unless you're looking at the Dem party in CA, NY, NJ, IL, etc, etc, etc.
"After full consideration, I am vetoing House Bill 803... If the Mississippi Legislature had set out to devise a law to make it highly unlikely that Mississippi could attract major projects with large numbers of jobs like Nissan, Toyota, PACCAR, Stennis Space Center or facilities along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, House Bill 803 would do the trick. None of these huge job creation projects would exist in Mississippi today without the prudent, lawful use of governments power to take private property by eminent domain."
Extremely disappointing. Liberty is nowhere in the equation here.
Yeup and the Democrats keep PROGRESSING ALONG. While we attack our own.
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