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BEV BUTULA: Wisconsin Open Government

The John K. Maciver Institute for Public Policy announced the launching of WisconsinOpenGov.org. Per their website, it "provides you with one location for data on Wisconsin public employee salaries, benefits and labor contracts.

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BEV BUTULA: Land Use Research Options

The Urban Land Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and education organization dealing with land use issues. Their policy and practice priority areas include: capital markets, housing, infrastructure, sustainability/climate change, place making/public realm, places of commerce, and development at the edge.

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THE DARK SIDE: Somebody moved my bowling alley

The abuse of eminent domain in the United States is at least as old as the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Berman v. Parker, 348 U.S. 26 (1954), in which the court shamelessly held that confiscating the property of homeowners and business owners, in order to transfer it to politically-connected cronies, was a valid public use, comparable to building a public road.

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THE DARK SIDE: An Aesop’s Fable for the legal eagles

It was January in Wisconsin, and I was sitting in my dining room, watching the cardinals and chickadees at the birdfeeder through the window. I was shoveling fistfuls of fresh blueberries imported from Chile into my gullet, while I pondered how wonderful international trade is.

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