How Missouri abuses eminent domain

September 20, 2009 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Author: Timothy Sandefur

The Show-Me Institute has published my policy report, Gradual And Silent Encroachments: How The Missouri Supreme Court Expanded the Power of Eminent Domain. This article describes the case of dentist Homer Tourkakis, whose property was seized by the city of Arnold, Missouri, to give away to a private developer. In that case, the court expanded the reach of the state's Tax Increment Financing Act, for the first time giving every local government in the state, no matter how small, the power to condemn your home or business and give it to whatever developer the bureaucrats believe will use it in a more tax-producing way. You can read more about that case here.