Monday, June 27, 2005

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt is at least planning to look at the issue:
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt today announced his intention to issue an Executive Order creating a special task force to study federal and state eminent domain laws.

Blunt's decision to form the Missouri Task Force on Eminent Domain comes four days after the United States Supreme Court ruled against homeowners in Connecticut who sought protection from having their homes taken by a private developer for a commercial project.

"Today [June 23, 2005] in a 5-4 decision the United States Supreme Court dealt a blow to the property rights of private landowners and greatly expanded the rights of the government to seize a person's most precious property-a home, a farm or a business-and give it to another private interest just so the government can increase tax revenues. I agree with the dissenting Justices that the Court's decision effectively erases the Public Use Clause from the United States Constitution.

"This is a terrible ruling that undermines the balance that ought to exist between private property owners and the needs of the public," Blunt said. "I am charging this commission with conducting a thorough review of federal and state eminent domain laws to protect Missouri home, farm and business owners from falling victim to a government tax grab."