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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Jarvis Jesters

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

It’s late October and that means there are a lot of people out there wearing masks. But this isn’t about Halloween. This is about all the fake taxpayer interests – organizations and candidates – who are trying to gain an advantage in the upcoming election by portraying themselves as defenders of homeowners and Proposition 13. […]

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Something Good from the California Legislature

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The phone call was from a frightened older woman in the Central Valley. “I can’t afford to pay my property taxes and I may lose my home by the end of the year if nothing is done in Sacramento.” While this call was eerily reminiscent of the years just prior to Prop 13’s enactment in […]

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Jarvis Assoc. Asks Supreme Court to Block Sale of High Speed Rail Bonds

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) has petitioned the California Supreme Court to review the high speed rail bond validation case. After radically changing the bullet train plan promised to voters who approved $10 billion in bonds in 2008, the State asked the court to approve sale of the bonds anyway.  HJTA responded on behalf […]

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Let Them Drive Teslas

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Once again, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg has thumbed his nose at the working class and other Californians of modest means by blocking legislation that would have slightly delayed implementation of carbon emission fees charged to oil companies. The fees are part of the state’s “cap-and-trade” program, California’s one-of-a-kind effort to reduce wordwide carbon emissions. These […]

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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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