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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Gasoline is California’s Life Blood

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The Field Poll reports that for the first time in seven years more California voters believe the state is moving in the right direction (50%) than feel it is on the wrong track (41%). Those living in coastal California are much more likely to have a positive outlook on our state’s future than inland residents. […]

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Knee Jerk Tax Hikes

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

For the second time in as many weeks Californians got the news that Sacramento politicians are proposing yet another big tax hike.  The truth is that new taxes would never be required were it not for Sacramento’s mismanagement of existing tax dollars. Last week, it was the proposal to deal with the very real problem […]

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Public Sector Pay: Transparency and Perspective

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Public sector labor leaders in California would rather that the public remain relatively ignorant about how well their members are compensated. But they are fighting a losing battle. Because of California’s massive unfunded pension liability and other scandals, the public is demanding answers. Interests as diverse as taxpayer groups, business organizations, the media and some […]

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California Comeback or Continuing Crisis

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

As the California Legislature reconvenes this week for the new session, Californians will hear two decidedly different messages from both politicians and political pundits about the “state of the state.”  Governor Brown will surely tout the “California comeback” and argue that the state is in much better fiscal health than just a couple of years […]

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