Abuse of Eminent Domain

Harrisburg Airport continues its quest to use eminent domain to take over a nearby competitor, according to the Patriot News. The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) is trying to force out Cramer Airport Parking, which offers long-term parking near, and in competition with, Harrisburg airport. SARAA is claiming “eminent domain” based on a need to build new storage areas exactly where Cramer Parking is currently located.

By dismissing this lawsuit, the courts have basically stated that it is acceptable for government bodies to forcibly put private competitors out of business. To paraphrase the judge’s ruling – “they’re not a monopoly, they’re the government”.

Clearly it is time for eminent domain reform in Pennsylvania.