Gale NortonGale NortonOctober 15, 20186min431

Property rights are an integral part of the culture and values of western states. Our ability to make the most out of the property we own is a core part of what made our state special. Even prior to statehood, the individual ability to turn our most precious resource, our land, into something more valuable — metals, minerals, ore, crops, cattle — was something worth fighting for.


Sam MametSam MametOctober 15, 20184min280

Colorado residents are going to be voting on a variety of important ballot measures next month. The one that is most troubling is Amendment 74. This suggested change to the Colorado Constitution would expose both the state and all local governments to untold legal exposure with unclear language referring to government regulations or actions which would “reduce” the “fair market value” of private property and subject taxpayers to “just compensation” to a private property owner. All types of ordinances and policies at the municipal level would be affected, like code enforcement, land use and zoning, licensing, and redevelopment.