Nice try, attorney representing a town that tried to silence a critic. Unless the law in your state is vastly different from the law everywhere else that I have ever heard of on this topic, slander of title has a specific meaning: doing something that affects title to or an interest in a specific parcel. Negative comments that allegedly diminish the value of all property in a municipality do not constitute slander of title, unless the municipality owns or has a mortgage on all the property within its boundaries. The fact that the municipality taxes all property within its boundaries based on the value of each parcel doesn’t give the municipality an interest in the property.
That’s without even mentioning the obvious violation of the critic’s First Amendment rights.
I think it’s way too soon to come to any conclusion as to fault in, or to gauge the potential effect of, the tragic accident in Tempe earlier this week involving a self-driving car, but if you want to know more about what might have been involved, the Antiplanner has a post that provides a good look at the scene of the accident.
NEW ARIZONA LAW WILL PREVENT INDIVIDUAL LOCALITIES FROM IMPOSING EXTRA TAXES ON PARTICULAR FOOD ITEMS
The legislation is being described as a ban on sugary drink taxes, but it’s actually much broader than that. HB 2484 provides that any tax imposed by a city or town on the retail sale of food “must be applied uniformly with respect to all food, and an additional tax or fee differential may not be assessed or applied with respect to any specific food item.” That means no sin taxes on hamburgers, or pizza, or ice cream (just to name a few possible examples), either.
In Oakland, California, nearly a year after a tax was imposed on “sugary” drinks, the city government has yet to figure out how to spend the revenue collected, which was supposedly to be used for “health related purposes, even if that wasn’t written into the [legislation].”
Another Pigouvian tax success story.
STRANGE THAT I SAW NO MENTION WHATSOEVER OF THIS WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED: SENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE PROPOSED AN ESTATE TAX INCREASE
I didn’t learn about it until this morning when I read the estate planning update that I receive weekly from Thomson Reuters/RIA. According to that update, Senator Schumer introduced on March 7 “a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, to be financed by tax increases, including, among other things, elimination of the increased estate tax exemption under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017."
The update from Thomson Reuters/RIA links to a subscription only service, but I did find a story about it that elaborates on the proposed tax increases, which would apparently reverse many of the cuts that were just enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
This is off topic.
I don't have any answers for the problem of what to do about the de-institutionalized mentally ill. I do believe, however, that mass de-institutionalization created at least as big of a problem as it solved.
I have talked to several people recently with questions about whether or not a particular writing (document) qualifies as a will. The questions usually come up, unfortunately, in this context: my family member died, this is the what they wrote down about what happens to their property, is it enforceable?
I’ll have new report on this subject soon, since it comes up frequently. In the meantime, you can read what I wrote about it in 2016, in my newsletter archive.
Remember the saga of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh from back n the 1980s? I remember it mostly because of the series of “Bloom County” comic strips about it that appeared shortly after the Bhagwan made headlines.
It turns out that there was a land use angle to the story. You may or may not recall that the Bhagwan started a commune on land that he and his followers (the “Rajneeshees”) purchased in a rural area in Oregon. The land use angle is that government agencies and growth-control advocates used Oregon’s stringent land use controls to thwart the Rajneeshees’ efforts to build permanent housing on their land. Their planned community supposedly would have housed several thousand people.
Antiplanner has more of the story, including a link to a documentary on the Rajneeshees that’s now out on Netflix.
We still have in our house the “Bloom County” comic book that includes that series of strips. Now I’m going to have to find that series and read it again.
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