The persistent popularity of property rights

While you rarely hear about it in the news, property rights continues to be a popular issue for most Americans—so popular that enterprising policy makers and others in the public policy arena could use this often overlooked issue to significant effect.

By |2016-01-12T15:57:02-05:00January 12th, 2016|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on The persistent popularity of property rights

Property owners stand up to National Park Service bullying

Tom and Kathy Stocklen fought the National Park Service for over 40 years and retired with their property intact, despite repeated efforts, even threats, by NPS bureaucrats to take their land in Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes Natioanl Lakeshore. Curiously, the NPS has recently ended four decades of dredging the Platte River, where the Stocklens placed their canoes, for safe navigation. Clearly, Washington thinks that landowners are public nuisances.

By |2015-08-20T08:07:17-04:00August 19th, 2015|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Property owners stand up to National Park Service bullying

“Farming in Fear” Watch the trailer

"Farming in Fear" pieces together Martha's story from interviews and documentation, tracking the nearly 10-year ordeal she's gone through just to earn a living in spite of corrupt local ordinances, abusive management of her conservation easement, and personal attacks through the introduction of an amendment to Virginia's Right to Farm Act called the 'Boneta Bill', designed to protect small farmers so that what happened to Martha never happens again.

By |2015-07-15T11:08:58-04:00July 15th, 2015|Videos|5 Comments

House property rights caucus to target abuse of landowners

The new Private Property Rights Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives will target legislation and regulations that interfere with the free and lawful use of private property. Created by Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY), the caucus hopes to build a broad-based coalition that will restore Constitutional rights and enable property owners to provide for themselves and their families.

By |2015-05-22T19:34:32-04:00May 22nd, 2015|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on House property rights caucus to target abuse of landowners

New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials

Thanks to a grassroots outcry against injustice, Virginia lawmakers passed a new law, signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, that protects family farmers from encroachment by local governments. Martha Boneta had been barred by her county government from selling produce, fined for hosting a birthday party, and threatened with the loss of her entire farm. Environmental groups and county governments provided the major opposition to the bill.

By |2014-03-27T21:47:15-04:00March 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials
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