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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

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 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 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 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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