Institute for Justice

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Paying Ransom for a Building Permit

Seattle’s ironically-named ‘Housing Affordability’ law makes renovating a modest home prohibitively expensive for middle-income homeowners.

Orlando Couple Threatened with Severe Fines for Front Yard Vegetable Garden

“The Constitution provides protections for people like the Helvenstons who want to use their property in a peaceful, productive manner without arbitrary intrusion by the government,” said Ari Bargil, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a public interest civil liberties law firm. “The City of Orlando is violating this most basic of rights by insisting that the Helvenstons destroy their vegetable garden or face severe fines.”

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