Secure property rights are the key to conservation

Too often, property rights and conservation are treated as if they are in tension. But, in reality, property rights are a proven means to encourage responsible stewardship, resolve conflicts over … ›

A musing on the destructive nature of government power

Good science fiction bends expectations in a way that encourages us to reexamine the way we think about things.  This morning, I finished Zero History, a noire thriller from science … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Oregon unconstitutional exactions case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Today, PLF filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to review the unconstitutional exactions case, West Linn Corporate Park, L.L.C. v. City … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, PLF filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Kitsap Alliance for Property Owners v. Central … ›

Washington Supreme Court gives local land use planning a “benevolent gesture”

Author: Brian T. Hodges Yesterday, Washington’s Supreme Court issued a short decision in Citizens for Rational Shoreline Planning v. Whatcom County, ruling that the State Department of Ecology is the … ›

A case of art imitating bureaucracy

Author: Brian T. Hodges Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the TV series Breaking Bad.  For the uninitiated, this show chronicles the downward spiral of Walter White (Bryan … ›

Growth management ruling exposes Washington’s east/west divide

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) envisions a scheme where every city and county, in every nook and cranny of the state, adopts land use regulations responsive … ›

The “poo”-lice state steps in it

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington state is supposedly broke.  Lay offs, forced furloughs, shuttered libraries, and moth-balled parks.  But apparently, the state is not too broke.  The State’s Department of … ›

Washington Supreme Court sets conference date for PLF’s big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Big buffers may be the easiest way for government to protect environmentally sensitive areas, but that does not mean they are necessary – let alone lawful.  … ›

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Secure property rights are the key to conservation

Too often, property rights and conservation are treated as if they are in tension. But, in reality, property rights are a proven means to encourage responsible stewardship, resolve conflicts over … ›

A musing on the destructive nature of government power

Good science fiction bends expectations in a way that encourages us to reexamine the way we think about things.  This morning, I finished Zero History, a noire thriller from science … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Oregon unconstitutional exactions case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Today, PLF filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to review the unconstitutional exactions case, West Linn Corporate Park, L.L.C. v. City … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, PLF filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Kitsap Alliance for Property Owners v. Central … ›

Washington Supreme Court gives local land use planning a “benevolent gesture”

Author: Brian T. Hodges Yesterday, Washington’s Supreme Court issued a short decision in Citizens for Rational Shoreline Planning v. Whatcom County, ruling that the State Department of Ecology is the … ›

A case of art imitating bureaucracy

Author: Brian T. Hodges Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the TV series Breaking Bad.  For the uninitiated, this show chronicles the downward spiral of Walter White (Bryan … ›

Growth management ruling exposes Washington’s east/west divide

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) envisions a scheme where every city and county, in every nook and cranny of the state, adopts land use regulations responsive … ›

The “poo”-lice state steps in it

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington state is supposedly broke.  Lay offs, forced furloughs, shuttered libraries, and moth-balled parks.  But apparently, the state is not too broke.  The State’s Department of … ›

Washington Supreme Court sets conference date for PLF’s big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Big buffers may be the easiest way for government to protect environmentally sensitive areas, but that does not mean they are necessary – let alone lawful.  … ›

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Secure property rights are the key to conservation

Too often, property rights and conservation are treated as if they are in tension. But, in reality, property rights are a proven means to encourage responsible stewardship, resolve conflicts over … ›

A musing on the destructive nature of government power

Good science fiction bends expectations in a way that encourages us to reexamine the way we think about things.  This morning, I finished Zero History, a noire thriller from science … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Oregon unconstitutional exactions case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Today, PLF filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to review the unconstitutional exactions case, West Linn Corporate Park, L.L.C. v. City … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, PLF filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Kitsap Alliance for Property Owners v. Central … ›

Washington Supreme Court gives local land use planning a “benevolent gesture”

Author: Brian T. Hodges Yesterday, Washington’s Supreme Court issued a short decision in Citizens for Rational Shoreline Planning v. Whatcom County, ruling that the State Department of Ecology is the … ›

A case of art imitating bureaucracy

Author: Brian T. Hodges Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the TV series Breaking Bad.  For the uninitiated, this show chronicles the downward spiral of Walter White (Bryan … ›

Growth management ruling exposes Washington’s east/west divide

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) envisions a scheme where every city and county, in every nook and cranny of the state, adopts land use regulations responsive … ›

The “poo”-lice state steps in it

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington state is supposedly broke.  Lay offs, forced furloughs, shuttered libraries, and moth-balled parks.  But apparently, the state is not too broke.  The State’s Department of … ›

Washington Supreme Court sets conference date for PLF’s big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Big buffers may be the easiest way for government to protect environmentally sensitive areas, but that does not mean they are necessary – let alone lawful.  … ›

Secure property rights are the key to conservation

Too often, property rights and conservation are treated as if they are in tension. But, in reality, property rights are a proven means to encourage responsible stewardship, resolve conflicts over … ›

A musing on the destructive nature of government power

Good science fiction bends expectations in a way that encourages us to reexamine the way we think about things.  This morning, I finished Zero History, a noire thriller from science … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Oregon unconstitutional exactions case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Today, PLF filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to review the unconstitutional exactions case, West Linn Corporate Park, L.L.C. v. City … ›

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, PLF filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Kitsap Alliance for Property Owners v. Central … ›

Washington Supreme Court gives local land use planning a “benevolent gesture”

Author: Brian T. Hodges Yesterday, Washington’s Supreme Court issued a short decision in Citizens for Rational Shoreline Planning v. Whatcom County, ruling that the State Department of Ecology is the … ›

A case of art imitating bureaucracy

Author: Brian T. Hodges Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the TV series Breaking Bad.  For the uninitiated, this show chronicles the downward spiral of Walter White (Bryan … ›

Growth management ruling exposes Washington’s east/west divide

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) envisions a scheme where every city and county, in every nook and cranny of the state, adopts land use regulations responsive … ›

The “poo”-lice state steps in it

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington state is supposedly broke.  Lay offs, forced furloughs, shuttered libraries, and moth-balled parks.  But apparently, the state is not too broke.  The State’s Department of … ›

Washington Supreme Court sets conference date for PLF’s big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Big buffers may be the easiest way for government to protect environmentally sensitive areas, but that does not mean they are necessary – let alone lawful.  … ›