Prop 2 Gains Some Allies 

Congressional candidates weigh in on takings initiative

Idaho's newest ballot initiative has the support of two of the three gentlemen running for Congress in Idaho's first congressional district. Proposition 2, as authored by local tax reform activist Laird Maxwell, would require Idaho to compensate private landowners any time the state's regulations affect property values.

Rep. Bill Sali, a Kuna Republican, says he'll vote for it.

"As John Locke said, 'the preservation of property' rights is the 'end of government,'" Sali said in a statement e-mailed to BW. "Government should be a good neighbor with property owners, and Proposition 2 embodies that principle."

His Democratic opponent, Larry Grant of Fruitland, calls Prop 2 a bad deal.

"I'll be voting no on that," Grant said. "It goes beyond merely prohibiting governments from condemning land for private interests."

Andy Hedden-Nicely, the former BW publisher running as an independent for the United Party, will vote for the measure.

"I'm totally in favor of it," Hedden-Nicely said. "I don't mind slowing things down for planners."

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