Arlington, VA; July 1, 2024: Home Equity Theft reform has been nominated for the 2024 State Policy Network Bob Williams Awards, in the category: Biggest Win for Freedom. The Bob Williams Awards celebrate state think tanks who have done exceptional work to develop, disseminate, and implement free-market solutions with national impact.

It’s been over a year since the Supreme Court ruled home equity theft (HET) unconstitutional in Tyler v. Hennepin County. But that decision didn’t immediately stop local governments from stealing equity from American homeowners. The fight simply moved from the courthouse to the statehouse.

Over the past year, five SPN affiliates have continued PLF’s fight to end home equity theft—effectively ending the practice in Nebraska, Idaho, Oregon, Maine, and Massachusetts. Their combined efforts have earned them a nomination for the Bob Williams Award: Biggest Win for Freedom.

All registered attendees of the 2024 SPN Annual Meeting are eligible to vote. If you agree that protecting home equity from tax collectors and their cronies is a vitally important win for freedom, vote for Platte Institute, Mountain States Policy Center, Cascade Policy Institute, Maine Policy Institute, and Pioneer Institute for their work to end home equity theft in their states.

To cast your vote, enter your meeting confirmation code, and select “Platte Institute and Other Affiliates: Ending Home Equity Theft.” Voting closes on July 9, and winners will be announced at the SPN Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Learn more about home equity theft reform and the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous Tyler v. Hennepin County decision.


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