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Monday, May 3, 2010

Government Eyes Private Parcel for Border Station Expansion

“At the Morses Line Port of Entry, on the U.S.-Canada border, the border station is located smack-dab in the middle of a Vermont dairy farm…. The government, which received $420 million from the federal bailout to modernize land ports like this, wants to spend about $7 million to build an expanded station. To do it, the government says, it needs an adjoining 4.9-acre parcel now used to grow hay and corn. Owners of the Rainville dairy farm were told last week that if they won’t sell the hayfield for $39,500, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use eminent domain to seize it.” (Washington Times, Monday)

Thou shalt not steal.

FEE Timely Classic
“The Blight of Eminent Domain” by Steven Greenhut