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Tradeoff: Jobs or property rights? Mississippians must settle issue

Mississippians cheered the arrival of big league economic development this decade with Nissan’s arrival in Canton and Toyota pending move into Blue Springs. But a property rights movement is working to blunt the enthusiasm for more economic bonanzas — at least if state incentives include offering the mega employers private property the state would seize through eminent domain. The Mississippi ...

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Backers of condemnation curbs see chance to cement property protections

Eminent domain — at least the government taking of private property on behalf of private enterprise — does not seem to offer much room for compromise. You are either OK with the government taking private property for private sector economic development or you are not. If middle ground exists, neither Leland Speed nor Ron Aldridge has found it. Speed, interim ...

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‘Replacement costs’ likely go by wayside with eminent domain vote

A ballot initiative to curb eminent domain in Mississippi to protect private property from private enterprise carries a cost land owners may not have considered, says Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District. New limits on the state’s eminent domain law through a constitutional change could end the paying of “replacement value” to landowners who sell ...

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Farm Bureau chief: Eminent domain push to continue despite lawsuit

The president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation says that organization’s advertising campaign aimed at convincing voters to restrict the state’s use of eminent domain will go forward, even though there is now a chance the initiative won’t even be on the November ballot. Leland Speed, the interim executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, has sued Secretary of State ...

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Aldridge: Speed's lawsuit 'quite upsetting'

JACKSON — Ron Aldridge, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, has released a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by Leland Speed, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, to stop a vote on eminent domain. Speed filed the lawsuit as an individual, not as leader of the MDA. Aldridge wrote: “I appreciate Leland Speed’s efforts ...

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Coliseum project prompts eminent domain proceedings

BILOXI — If Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center officials get their wish, there will be no more homes on Oakwood Drive in Biloxi. Several years ago, officials acquired six properties on the end of the street to make room for the convention center expansion and recently they began trying to acquire the remaining 14 homes there, either through sale ...

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Speed sues Hosemann to keep eminent domain off ballot

Mississippi Development Authority interim executive director Leland Speed has sued Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, in an attempt to keep the eminent domain petition off November’s ballot. ••• READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE ••• If you’ll recall, the petition seeks to prevent the taking of private land for private development. It keeps in place the state’s authority to seize private ...

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Tippah settles eminent domain suit for $675K

RIPLEY — Tippah County has shown a profit from land it bought in 2007 in anticipation of Toyota locating the area and highway officials needing to build a bypass for Mississippi Highway 15. “When the county purchased this property in 2007, the board was criticized for paying so much for the land, but the board knew that the property would ...

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Eminent domain ban will be on ballot

JACKSON — Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann confirms that an eminent domain initiative will appear on the November 2011 ballot. Hosemann says his office verified that supporters of the measure gathered signatures from 119,692 registered voters. That’s well above the minimum 89,285 needed to put an issue up for a statewide vote. The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation delivered its ...

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Farm Bureau hands eminent domain petition to Hosemann

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation today will deliver more than 118,000 certified signatures to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann so that the issue of eminent domain reform can be placed on the Nov. 2011 ballot. After several failed attempts to get an eminent domain reform bill passed in the legislature, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) decided to ...

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