Thursday, June 30, 2005

Ryun Votes to Condemn Supreme Court Property Rights Decision

Twice today, Jim Ryun voted to condemn the Supreme Court decision that allow virtually unlimited takings by governmental units, including on an amendment that would prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce the decision. Click here to see the roll call on the federal funds vote, fellow Kansan Dennis Moore, voted against this amendment.

Ryun Authors Bill to Address Military Housing Needs

In response to an increase in troop levels at bases like Fort Riley, Rep. Ryun is introducing a bill today to fix a HUD regulation that currently prohibits enlisted servicemembers from exempting their Base Allowance for Housing from income for purposes of qualifying for low-income housing. It fixes an inconsistency with HUD's position that other housing assistance for lower income individuals does not count in determining income levels.

If passed, this legislation would allow builders to qualify for federal incentives to come into the Manhattan and Junction City area and build new housing to meet the needs caused by troop realignment.

The bottom line, it would help meet a pressing need in the Fort Riley area for housing.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Judicial Activism Alert - Supreme Court Takes Private Property

In a shocking decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a government can take private property and simply to give it to a private developer. That's right, if city officials in your community decide to build a hotel on your property in order to gain more tax revenues for the city, they can take it from you. No longer is eminent domain about building roads and parks for the common good. This ruling goes back to colonial days when the King of England would allow a Duke to come in and take your property simply if he liked your view of the meadow better than his own.

Congressman Ryun spoke out on the House floor about the decision. Ryun said, "It is a ruling that encourages the strong to take from the weak and flies in the face of what government is intended to do, that is, to protect the lives and property of all American citizens."

In response, a developer in New Hampshire has filed with the City of Weare to take the land where Justice Souter's house sits and turn it into a hotel. Apparently, he needs the votes of just 3 Town officials to take the land. He is already working on the financing and architectural drawings for the project.