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End of Discussion

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

“End of discussion!” is what those on the political left yell in your face when they know they are losing an argument. It is also the name of a compelling new book by Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson with the revealing subtitle of “How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes […]

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For a New Legislative Model Look to Texas

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Would-be reformers have filed an initiative that, if adopted by voters, would make the California Legislature one of the largest – if not the largest – legislative bodies in the world. The Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act (NLRA) would require one Senator for every 10,000 Californians and one Assembly representative for every 5,000. This would mean […]

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Certainty in Taxation: Prop. 13’s Best Feature

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

​In its more than 160 plus year history, few things have remained constant in California.  However, since the 1800’s California has taxed all classes of property the same. Thus, when the iconic Prop 13 passed in 1978, it did not differentiate between different kinds of property.  All real property – whether residential or commercial – […]

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More Pain at the Pump

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Sacramento is about to launch a new attack in its ongoing war on drivers. California’s 48.6 cent gas tax already ranks second out of 50 states –- the feds take another 18.4 cents — and when the hidden carbon tax, part of the cap-and-trade program, is factored in, our state leads the pack by a […]

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California Is Not Disneyland

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

At the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), we have seen Proposition 13 blamed for just about everything. A national publication blamed the tax limiting measure for the not guilty verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, while a high school physical education coach wrote in a community paper that the loss of shots by his […]

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​California Motorists ‘Don’t Get No Respect’

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Now there is no question that road and bridge maintenance is lagging in the Golden State. Most counties have an average pavement rating of “at risk” or “poor” according to a finding by the California Transportation Commission. In addition to the safety hazards caused by poor road maintenance, there is a direct cost to the […]

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​Crocodile ‘Tiers’ Over Water Rate Ruling

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Last week the California Court of Appeal issued an important ruling interpreting Proposition 218, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sponsored initiative approved by voters in 1996.  Proposition 218 is entitled “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” for a very good reason.  It reflects the policy that those who pay the bills for public expenditures – […]

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​Look for the Union Label

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Because of Proposition 13, the unions representing California’s government employees — employees that are the highest paid in all 50 states according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — have a huge stake in who is elected to the state Legislature. While most Californians are aware that Proposition 13 limits increases in property taxes — […]

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Taking It Out on the Little Guy​

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared that opposition to efforts to reduce carbon emissions “borders on the immoral.” Hesitate though we might to debate Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, on the nature of divine law, we have to question the “morality” of forcing working California motorists to bear the brunt of the cost of regulations required […]

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​To Vote, or Not to Vote​

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Voter turnout in California is low. Just three weeks ago, the election held in Los Angeles saw an embarrassing 10 percent turnout. And, of course, the statewide turnout just last November was almost as bad. Irrespective of political affiliation, the immediate reaction among those of us who are politically engaged is that low voter turnout […]

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