Gone to Texas

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Texas Governor Rick Perry is returning to California, and to left-leaning politicians in Sacramento he is about as welcome as Godzilla in Tokyo. The cause of this consternation is Perry’s pro-business record which exposes all the weaknesses of the California approach to governing. While Texas focuses on job creation, California lawmakers give their highest priority […]

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Prop 13 Saved By Lawmakers’ Misconduct?

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Because of the conviction of one member of the state Senate, and the indictment of a second, Proposition 13 — and taxpayers who rely on its protections — may have slipped the noose being prepared for it by majority Democrats in the Legislature. Senator Rod Wright, a Los Angeles Democrat, has taken a leave of […]

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In With the ‘In’ Crowd

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

It’s good to be in with the “in” crowd, especially when the “in” crowd is made up of Sacramento politicians capable of doling out millions of dollars in tax credits. Those currently in with the “in” crowd include any industry or company that can somehow attach “green” to their credentials. This helps explain why the […]

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Californians Still Believe in Proposition 13 Taxpayer Protections

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

A statewide survey commissioned by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association shows Californians continues to support Proposition 13 and the two-thirds vote requirement to boost taxes on property owners.  Nearly 60 percent of voters agree that reducing the two-thirds vote to 55% to pass local bonds would place an unfair burden on owners of property. Tone-deaf […]

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Stop Sign of the Times

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Many Californians may not have noticed, but their wallets just avoided getting hit by a speeding car tax. Last month, the Attorney General cleared a measure entitled the “California Road Repairs Act of 2014” to begin collecting signatures for placement on the November ballot. Backed by well-heeled transportation interests — including contractors, construction unions and […]

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Oil Severance Tax Would Hurt Economy and the Middle Class

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

San Francisco Chronicle writer Joe Garofoli recently wrote that California appears to be taking the lead in President Obama’s agenda to address “economic inequality.”  But this is bad news for California’s middle class families because, in actually, such a foolish pursuit will put a greater burden on their pocketbooks and stunt economic recovery. This November, […]

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Reduced Expectations and the California Budget

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Shortly after Jerry Brown was first elected governor, nearly 40 years ago, he famously said, “This is an era of limits and we all had better get used to it.” In keeping with this theme, it is now taxpayers who look at Governor Brown’s proposed 2014-15 budget with reduced expectations. In fairness, there are aspects […]

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Brown’s Budget is Incomplete

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

We are pleased that Governor Brown’s budget reflects a fair measure of fiscal restraint and austerity. His desire for no new taxes, protecting Proposition 13, continuing to pay down the ‘wall of debt’ and establishing a prudent reserve is commendable. However, it is what the Governor did not say that concerns us. CalSTRS huge unfunded […]

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Who’s Looking Out for the Middle Class?

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Thirty years of political engagement in California politics has led me to the realization that the middle class is woefully underrepresented in this state. Not only that, but this injustice seems amplified with every passing year. This column has covered the lack of meaningful representation for ordinary citizen taxpayers for more than a decade. Indeed, […]

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Ronald Reagan Would Be Smiling

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Because Ronald Reagan left office almost 25 years ago we shouldn’t be surprised that most young adults do not remember him. But the real question is whether his views about America and its place in history retain any relevance at all to today’s Millennial generation. When Reagan, after his presidency, spoke to a meeting of […]

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