John Todd explains how cities in Kansas are seeking additional power to seize property, and tells us why we should oppose this legislation.
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Local governments in Kansas are again seeking expanded power to seize property.
Kansas governments are trying -- again -- to expand their powers to take property to the detriment of one of the fundamental rights of citizens: private property rights.
Reaction to the veto of a bill in Kansas reveals the instincts of many government officials, which is to grab more power whenever possible.
Wichita City Council members speak in opposition to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's veto of Senate Bill 338, which would have given cities additional power to take property.
Senate Bill 338 opens the door for serious abuse in Kansas. Governmental authority to take property from one private citizen and give it to another private citizen should be limited, but this bill would have the effect of expanding such authority without adequate safeguards, wrote Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in his veto message.
There are things simple and noncontroversial that the Kansas Legislasture should do in its upcoming session, and some things that won’t be easy but are important. Also, a look at eminent domain.
Let’s ask that Wichita trim its blatant waste of tax dollars before asking for more. We’ll look back at a program called Transforming Wichita. Then: We need to hold campaigns accountable. I’ll give you examples why, and tell how you can help.
Wichita plans an ambitious road project that turns out to be too expensive, resulting in continued delays for Wichita drivers and purchases of land that may not be needed.
In south-central Kansas, the meme of "it's only a plan" that can be shelved is likely to be repeated as government officials try to sell a comprehensive planning process.
Special interest groups are likely to co-opt the government planning process started in south-central Kansas as these groups see ways to benefit from the plan. The public choice school of economics and political science has taught us how special interest groups seek favors from government at enormous costs to society, and we will see this at play over the next few years.
The government planning process started in south-central Kansas will likely be captured by special interest groups that see ways to benefit from the plan. The public choice school of economics and political science has taught us how special interest groups seek favors from government at enormous costs to society, and we will see this at play again over the next few years.
Today: Property rights in Wichita; Importance of open records; Wichita city news; Cronyism in America.
As part of the plan for the future of downtown Wichita, the city council was asked to formally disavow the use of eminent domain to take private property for the purpose of economic development. The council would not agree to this restriction.
Today: Political pretense vs. market performance, "Begging for Billionaires," O'Toole on urban planning, Kansas House of Representatives leaders elected, school lessons learned.
Today: Kansas fourth district, Carl Brewer, Economic development, Education, Eminent domain, Kansas legislature, Mark Parkinson, Mike Pompeo, Raj Goyle, Elections.
Today: Economic development, Elections, Eminent domain, Government spending, Kansas Reporter, Koch Industries, Mark Parkinson, Politics, Regulation, Wichita city council, Economics
Last Friday, Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, addressed members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. His topic was the future of downtown Wichita and its revitalization.
"It's very important that we have a downtown that is very clear and very concise on where it wants to go," he said. He likened the development of downtown to the planning of an automobile trip, so that we don't make major investments that we later regret.