AG Blocks Real Initiative Reform

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Just last month, this column noted that the professional political class harbors great hostility toward the tools of direct democracy — the powers of initiative, referendum and recall. These are effective tools to control an indolent or corrupt legislature. From the perspective of politicians, direct democracy allows the great unwashed and unsophisticated to deal with […]

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Lawmakers Don’t Think Rules Apply to Them

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

No one would dispute that California’s diversity extends to the wide political gulf between conservative Californians and those who see themselves as liberal. From strong Tea Party interests in the more rural areas to the “Occupiers” in San Francisco, the balkanization of our body politic is well recognized. But there should be, if there isn’t […]

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To Be Well-Informed, Ignore Political Ads

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Ah, August.  For so many, that means vacation when normally hard working Californians will be visiting theme parks, going camping or maybe just relaxing in the back yard.  But this is also an election year and the next three quiet weeks are the calm before the storm of political ads that will be unleashed after […]

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More Politicians Should Visit the Real World

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

For a week he walked the streets of Fresno, a homeless man looking for work. At night he slept on park benches, during the day he tried to ward off hunger, sometimes with the bananas a grocer sold him at five for a dollar. At the end of the week, still unemployed, Neel Kashkari, Republican […]

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Twin Tunnels Project Threatens Property Owners

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

You’d think that with all the well deserved bad press heaped on the High Speed Rail debacle that Governor Brown would be a little more circumspect about mega-infrastructure projects which, presumably, he wishes to be the cornerstone of his legacy. Unfortunately, it appears that his legacy may be that of an inflexible politician who has […]

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Arrogance of the Political Elite Costs You at the Pump

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

It’s election season and finally there’s a bit of good news for California politicians seeking reelection. A recent Field poll shows that, for the first time in 7 years, there are more California voters that think they are financially better off than those who believe they are worse off. However, for the political elite, that […]

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Profligate

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Profligate: adjective; recklessly prodigal or extravagant. Given the experience of the recent recession, one would think that our state political leadership would have learned the dangers of profligate public spending. The most recent economic bust, and the dot com bust which preceded it, should have served as a stark reminder about the consequences of growing […]

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‘D-Day’ Is Also ‘The’ Day for Many Californians

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

On June 6th, many across the globe will be remembering the sacrifices made by thousands of American, British and Canadian young men who hit the beaches at Normandy to free Europe from Nazi tyranny. Californians will also be celebrating this date because it marks the 36th birthday of the landmark tax limiting measure, Proposition 13. […]

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There Is No Loophole in Prop. 13

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Last week, the media was all abuzz about a bill moving through the Legislature that would fix a “loophole” in Proposition 13. If this were a courtroom, I would rise to my feet and object saying, “Your Honor, assumes a fact not in evidence!” This objection would be sustained immediately because there is no “loophole” […]

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The Effort Begins to Make Temporary Prop 30 Taxes Permanent

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Once again it is time for taxpayers to get a good grip on their wallets because Sacramento politicians are looking to extend the “temporary” taxes imposed by Proposition 30, approved by voters less than two years ago. There is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax. They are as immortal as a vampire and nearly […]

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