Not the time to gut Proposition 13 and raise taxes

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Under California law, proposed initiatives must be presented to the California Legislature in an “informational hearing” open to the public. Legislators do not vote on the proposals because these are initiatives that have already qualified for the ballot. The hearings are mostly for the benefit of policy leaders and the public. Because the infamous “split […]

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Pressure Mounts for Property Tax Relief

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

From many corners, California politicians and tax officials are under increasing pressure to extend the current April 10 deadline for paying property tax bills. The request is not unreasonable and there are many ways that government can assist homeowners who are under threat of hefty penalties or tax foreclosures. To date, our political leaders have […]

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Bonds are a risky way to deal with pension woes

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Recently, this column exposed the foolishness of two proposed statewide bond measures: A $15 billion school bond, which will be on the March 3 ballot, as well as a “climate resiliency” bond. Both are horribly flawed for several reasons, not the least of which that it makes no sense for California to go further into […]

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Newsom makes a few good moves

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

There is little debate that California is a harsh, anti-taxpayer environment ruled by a tax-happy majority party.  However, in this super-partisan environment that grips both California and the entire nation, it is important to point out when our political adversaries do something positive. In that spirit, let’s acknowledge what Gov. Gavin Newsom did right for […]

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Court ruling upholds ban on public funding of political campaigns

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

It’s no secret that California, perhaps America’s most progressive state, is controlled by a political establishment openly hostile to the interests of taxpayers. Taxpayer victories over the state’s liberal power structure are rare, but they do happen. Last week, taxpayers prevailed in a long running lawsuit involving public funding for political campaigns. The dispute began […]

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California’s budget process has devolved into a bad joke

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Let’s face it. California’s budget process has devolved into a bad joke. The record amount of spending coupled with massive expenditures for wasteful, pork-barrel projects is bad enough. But the more insidious problem is the lack of budget transparency. This is not the way it is supposed to be. As usual, Sacramento politicians are patting […]

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SCA 5 Needs to be Defeated

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5), is set for legislative hearing today. It deserves a quick defeat. Advanced by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Los Angeles, and Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, SCA 5 would lower the current two-thirds vote requirement to pass local school district parcel taxes to 55% percent. Here are the reasons SCA 5 […]

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Defending Direct Democracy, Defending Taxpayers

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The powers of direct democracy — initiative, referendum and recall — are powerful tools to control slow-moving or corrupt politicians. These powers are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in 2019 as they were in 1911 when Gov. Hiram Johnson, seeking to suppress the absolute control the railroads had […]

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Study Confirms Business Flight from California Accelerating

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The evidence is more than anecdotal. According to a recent study, business flight out of California has accelerated to an unprecedented level. In 2016, the year for which the most recent data is available, 1,800 businesses moved out or “disinvested” from California. This is the highest one-year total in the nine-year history of tracking by […]

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Proposition 6 is a Grassroots Initiative

Jon Coupal
President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Proposition 6 is an initiative measure appearing on the ballot less than one month from now that would repeal the tax hike on gasoline and cars imposed by Sacramento politicians last year without a vote of the people. If Prop. 6 passes, California’s gas and car tax would still be in the top five among […]

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