Small Business Trends Radio

Conversation: Who’s Taking YOUR Property? The Disturbing Trend of Eminent Domain

Andrew Langer of the NFIB on eminent domain issuesIn this Small Business Trends Radio broadcast, Host Anita Campbell is joined by Andrew Langer, Manager of Regulatory Policy for the NFIB.

In the second half of the show they are both joined by small business owner Nancy Kurdziel, President of Prime Housing Group.

The topic of the discussion is an important public policy issue affecting small businesses in the United States: eminent domain power.

Local governments around the country are attempting to seize businesses and other property under the guise of eminent domain. But instead of putting it to use for public purposes like roads, it is being used for commercial development.

The 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Kelo v. New London, held that local governments may seize property under the general purpose of “economic development” and redistribute the property for other commercial purposes. Andrew explains the implications of this decision on small businesses and other property owners.

Business owner Nancy Kurdziel puts the issue in stark relief, as she explains the dramatic impact of a similar decision by city officials of East Lansing, Michigan, affecting her family business. She also describes what she and other business owners have done to mobilize and fight back.

About Andrew Langer

Andrew Langer joined NFIB in the Spring of 2002. As Manager, Regulatory Policy, he helps White House and Executive Branch policymakers understand the impact of laws affecting small business, and how that impact differs from that impacting larger businesses. Also, he is responsible for protecting the interests of small business in the face of an ever-increasing burden from regulatory agencies, as well the protection of the private property rights of small business owners.

Before joining NFIB, Langer was Associate Director of Development for the Washington DC-based Competitive Enterprise Institute, a think tank focusing on free-market and limited-government solutions to public policy problems. Outside of his duties at NFIB, Mr. Langer currently authors “Langrrr’s Liberty Blog.”

About NFIB

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals.

NFIB’s purpose is to impact public policy at the state and federal level and be a key business resource for small and independent business in America. NFIB also gives its members a power in the marketplace. By pooling the purchasing power of its 600,000 members, the National Federation of Independent Business gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed.

For more information about the NFIB visit

And for more background information about Prime Housing Group’s fight, visit: (mentioned in the show)

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Duration: 60 minutes ———————- Recorded: January 10, 2006

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