Barbour: Initiative 31 bad for business

Firing back at critics of using eminent domain as a tool for economic development, Gov. Haley Barbour says DeSoto County voters armed with facts shouldn’t be afraid to shoot down Initiative 31 on the Tuesday ballot.

They should be afraid of the economic impact if the proposal passes: “It’ll cost us a whole lot of jobs. It would be felt in DeSoto County and all across the state,” he said.

“People shouldn’t be misled into thinking this will protect their property from eminent domain,” said Barbour, noting lengthy exceptions including roads, bridges, drainage, schools and hospitals. “If people read the list, they’d understand why 99 percent of land ever taken by eminent domain before still can be taken under the initiative.”

Commercial Appeal
11/5/11