Happy Talk

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

According to several media accounts in the days since the election, California has turned a corner and will soon resume its rightful place as the best place in America — nay, the world — to live, raise a family and start a business. It’s Nirvana all over again. Perhaps what started all this happy talk […]

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The Manipulative Political Ads Play On

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

California government employee unions spent nearly $100 million in the lead up to the November election to convince voters to approve new taxes and reject a measure that would have barred unions and corporations form using legal bribery — campaign contributions — to influence state lawmakers. Now, two of these unions — one representing firefighters […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Two-Thirds Requirement

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The California Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to significant aspects of Proposition 13, prosecuted by former UCLA Chancellor Charles Young. Earlier this year, the 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with attorneys representing the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association that Young’s suit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 13 lacks merit. Since his retirement, […]

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Major Business Fund Tax Increase Campaign

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

A few weeks ago the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association reported that in addition to government employee unions that have provided millions of dollars to the Yes on Proposition 30 campaign, a number of prominent businesses are also contributing big bucks to the effort to raise your taxes. Companies like Blue Shield, Aera Energy, America Beverage […]

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CA Moving toward Number 1 in Taxes

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

We have just moved up from 5th to 4th in a ranking of all 50 states by the Washington, DC–based Tax Foundation but, for average folks, this is not good news. California leads 46 other states in per capita tax burden, a dubious honor that helps to explain the state’s dismal economy. California has the […]

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Alarming Compensation Trends for State Workers

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

At an event last night hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association in Stockton – the largest municipality to declare bankruptcy in the United States due to overly generous government employee compensation – the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation and the Center for Government Analysis jointly released a new study that reveals alarming compensation trends for […]

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HJTA Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Fire Tax

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a class action lawsuit to provide relief to nearly one million California property owners who received bills from the State for a new “fire prevention fee” which the lawsuit claims is illegal. The class action complaint, filed today in Superior Court in Sacramento, seeks to overturn the fire fee, […]

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Getting Burned by Dancing with the Devil

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

In a state Capitol hearing room, the taxpayer advocate waited patiently for the 37 special interest pleaders to finish speaking in favor of yet another tax increase — a last minute measure that had been jammed through in the final hours of session. He reflected on the similarity of each robotic presentation, how approval of […]

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Spending Taxpayer Dollars to Push Prop 30 is Illegal

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Crossposted on FlashReport Does Governor Brown secretly harbor a death wish for Proposition 30?  He claims this massive $50 billion tax hike is his highest priority as he personally stumps the state and editorial boards to urge its passage.  And yet, as newspaper headlines have reflected all summer, his actions and other silly deeds of […]

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Guess Who Wants to Raise Your Taxes

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Back in the days before he joined the dark side of “The Force,” Arnold Schwarzenegger was a compelling advocate for taxpayers. He noted that “from the time they get up in the morning and flush the toilet, they’re taxed. Then they go and get the cup of coffee, they’re taxed….This goes on all day long. […]

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