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Locked-Down Businesses Argue That State Owes Them Compensation

Jan. 12, 2021, 4:09 PM

Businesses that suffered losses following Covid-19 restrictions will try on Wednesday to convince the New Mexico Supreme Court that state taxpayers owe them some compensation.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) and other New Mexico leaders are fighting claims that the government should pay restaurants, shops, and other businesses that obeyed edicts intended to curb the virus’s spread. That argument has been made in at least 20 pending lawsuits in district courts, alleging the limitations amounted to taking private property for public use.

Government takings require payment under state laws across the country and the U.S. Constitution. New Mexico leaders, who...

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