Property rights are intertwined with all other human rights. From works of art to loaves of bread, people produce the things because they are able to own and use resources.
Government exists to protect rights, including the rights to own and use property. Yet power corrupts, and government grasps for more and more control. One of the most powerful ways to increase that control is to extend it to the land we live on.
The Freedom Foundation stands up for property rights and property owners in Washington State. Most powerfully, we empower property owners themselves to build coalitions, confront local governments, and--often--win.
One example of this was an attempt to restrict waterfowl hunting across a broad swath of Thurston County. We helped the Washington State Waterfowler Association, together with other hunters and local land owners, to stand up to the County. Ultimately, officials backed down in the face of massive public outcry. Watch the video to find out more.
Seattle’s City Council voted unanimously Monday to use eminent domain to take private property. They say they must seize the private property, which is currently being used as a parking lot, in order to turn it into … a parking lot. The desire of the Central Planners for control is...Read more here
After retiring, Joe Remenar purchased a small property and home not far from the Canadian border in Whatcom County. Enjoying the views out his back deck, Joe decided to improve the wildlife habitat on his property. But Joe made one crucial mistake: he did not get permission from the Central...Read more here
Cheryl Eberting lives on the shores of Phantom Lake in Bellevue, Washington. Like many homeowners, she just wants to be able to transform her property into her dream home. The only thing standing in her way is her very own local government.
Recognizing the need for a new high school to accommodate their growing student population, Bethel School District planned ahead to purchase a site for the new school. Everything was going smoothly until a group of environmental protesters set off a chain of events, jeopardizing the school...Read more here
Bert Wasch retired after working as an electrician his entire life. His dream was to spend his final years building and then living in a home on five acres of land he purchased in rural Thurston County. Bert asked the County for permission to build his home. Instead, someone in County government...Read more here
As many people are aware, the U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down significant decisions on marriage, California's Proposition 8, the Voting Rights Act, and other controversial issues. In the midst of these headline-grabbing court cases, there was a little-noticed property rights case, the...Read more here
To harvest timber, even on private land, requires permission from Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources. The Damans applied for their permit, and it was granted. They hired a team of loggers from the local community. But just as they began, DNR changed its mind and issued a...Read more here
Today, the Freedom Foundation appeared in a Fox News report on the government's efforts to save the Mazama pocket gopher by giving Joint Base Lewis-McChord a $3.5 million grant to buy up land around the base.
Almost every cliché related to a centrally-planned, government managed boondoggle exists with the Columbia River Crossing project, yet Governor Inslee vetos all restraints on the insanity associated with this project. We are forced to watch a governor struggle to remember who he represents,...Read more here