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August 15, 2019

Government can’t violate your property rights to send a message

The members of the Wall family never imagined their attempt to build a pool and spa at their isolated home in Hollister Ranch, California, would end them up in court. But as many Pacific Legal Foundation clients have discovered, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) has a long history of giving landowners no other option. Hollister ...

August 14, 2019

Reform the Endangered Species Act by respecting property rights

Update: On August 12, 2019, as a result of PLF petitions, the Department of the Interior announced changes that will improve the way the Endangered Species Act is applied — changes that will benefit property owners and species. Interior's new rules terminate an illegal and counterproductive rule that complicated the recovery of endangered species ...

August 13, 2019

Freedom of speech means freedom not to speak, too

Our freedom of speech is woven into the fabric of the Bill of Rights. People have a First Amendment right to speak freely without government interference or compulsion. This freedom also includes the right not to speak for—or pay for the speech of—anything against one's will. Yet many states violate that fundamental right by requiring ...

August 13, 2019

The Detroit News: Wayne County steals $107,495.55 in foreclosure auction

The Prince of Motown himself, Marvin Gaye, sang that "Life's a Game of Give and Take." But for county treasuries across the state of Michigan, it's more like a game of take, and take, and take some more. The Perez family is fighting Michigan's predatory home equity theft policy, which allows counties to take property ...

August 12, 2019

The Hill: Government regulation of social media would kill the internet — and free speech

Social media companies have been criticized for disproportionately restricting content that offends political progressives. For example, a Pinterest insider recently leaked documents showing that the platform censors pro-life speech as "pornography." Popular "classical liberal" YouTuber Dave Rubin has complained that his videos are flagged and disc ...

August 09, 2019

Michigan’s affordable housing crisis and property rights

Many American communities are suffering from a housing shortage. Affordable housing is disappearing, new homes aren't being built quickly enough, and the racial disparities in housing availability are widening. In Michigan alone, the numbers are stark: a recent report on housing needs by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) sugg ...

August 09, 2019

Albuquerque Journal: Indian Market’s exclusions are a pity

American Indian artist Peggy Fontenot, a member of the Patawomeck tribe, makes a living by selling her black-and-white photography and intricate beadwork at American Indian art markets across the country. A devotee of traditional techniques, she has received multiple awards at leading markets like the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angele ...

August 07, 2019

Seattle can’t ignore the state constitution for a “wealth tax”

In many respects, Washington is a good place to live. It's one of the few states in the nation where residents pay zero state income tax, and the state constitution boasts strong protections for taxpayers. But even constitutional protections haven't stopped Seattle politicians' seemingly incessant tax grabs. In 2017, Seattle tried hiking the overta ...

August 06, 2019

The Hill: New York taxi regulator tries to put the brakes on free speech

Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have revolutionized local transportation and broken stagnant taxi monopolies. Ridesharing offers customers convenience and value, while providing drivers the opportunity to earn money on a flexible schedule. But there are downsides to this innovative new arrangement. For example, Uber drivers often work long ...

August 05, 2019

At Stake – Government steals family’s legacy over $144 tax debt

PLF fights home equity theft to protect American Dream ERICA PEREZ REMEMBERS THE DAY IN 2017 when she learned the government stole her family's legacy and shattered their American Dream—over a $144 tax debt."We were in shock," Erica recalled. "We've always believed that if you work hard for something in this country, you can achieve ...

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