Property Rights

Amendment Would Eliminate Private Ownership of Real Estate

PR.9 is a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would essentially and in effect ban the private ownership of real estate in Vermont. It’s short. You can read it all thig (except for Section 3, the effective date, which I cut for some brevity) here: PROPOSAL 9. Sec. 1. PURPOSE This proposal would amend Read More…

Announcements Energy Hot! Property Rights

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Public Meetings

On December 17, 2019, a bipartisan group of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that make up the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) invited the public to provide feedback on a new draft proposal for a regional program that would establish a cap on global warming pollution from transportation fuels and invest millions annually to achieve additional benefits through reduced emissions, cleaner transportation, healthier Read More…

Business & Economics Hot! Property Rights Statehouse

Act 250 Revisions Move Forward

Reading about the Legislature’s ongoing effort to revise Act 250, Vermont’s land use and development law, is both intimidating and important. And that’s a problem. Eyes unused to environmental regulatory language are apt to glaze over after just a few paragraphs discussing “criteria” and “jurisdiction.” And there are a lot of paragraphs. New ideas, testimony Read More…

Business & Economics Hot! Property Rights Rutland County

The structure of omission is controlling Vermonters

Most Vermonters don’t hear or pay attention to the constant drone of legislation consuming their standard of living anymore, perhaps due in part to a realization that our government never seems to listen anyway. But what if that deafness was merely a result of lawmakers being distracted from their true purpose? For many years this Read More…

Business & Economics Property Rights

Supreme Court Enforces Citizens’ Rights Over Trump AG’s Argument

John McClaughry On June 21 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion on a case with enormous consequences for landowners facing takings of their property by government. In doing so the conservative majority overrode both the liberal Justices and the Trump Administration. Rose Mary Knick’s Pennsylvania property included a small private cemetery, allegedly the last Read More…