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More Politicians Should Visit the Real World

More Politicians Should Visit the Real World

    By Jon Coupal For a week he walked the streets of Fresno, a homeless man looking for work. At night he slept on park benches, during the day he tried to ward off hunger, sometimes with the bananas a grocer sold him at five for a dollar. At the end of the week, […]

Jerry’s Latest Boondoggle Threatens Property Owners

Jerry’s Latest Boondoggle Threatens Property Owners

  You’d think that with all the well deserved bad press heaped on the High Speed Rail debacle that Governor Brown would be a little more circumspect about mega-infrastructure projects which, erectile presumably, he wishes to be the cornerstone of his legacy. Unfortunately, it appears that his legacy may be that of an inflexible politician […]

Lawmakers Focus on the Frivolous

Lawmakers Focus on the Frivolous

      Given California’s many serious problems, illness including high unemployment, a listless economy and drought, one might think our Sacramento politicians would not have time on their hands to promote laws that have no force or effect in California. One might also think it unwise, at a time when our state is surviving […]

Do Californians trust their state government?

Do Californians trust their state government?

      By Jon Coupal Californians don’t trust state government. A recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California reveals that only 6 percent of voters believe that government does not waste much money. You read correctly – only six percent have confidence that tax revenue is being spent wisely. Of course the […]

Spending like drunken sailors in Sacramento

Spending like drunken sailors in Sacramento

There Is No Loophole in Prop. 13

There Is No Loophole in Prop. 13

     

High Speed Rail and Climate Change Nonsense

High Speed Rail and Climate Change Nonsense

By Jon Coupal Liberals and good government advocates (“googoos”) frequently decry citizens’ mistrust in government, especially in California. Over the last decade and a half, numerous surveys have confirmed that voters distrust government on several levels including waste, corruption and lack of responsiveness to legitimate public needs. The recent criminal exploits – both actual and […]

Prop 13 saved by lawmakers’ misconduct?

Prop 13 saved by lawmakers’ misconduct?

  . . By Jon Coupal 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 […]

In With the ‘In’ Crowd

In With the ‘In’ Crowd

By Jon Coupal 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 […]

Sacramento is a scary place for taxpayers and not just on Halloween

Sacramento is a scary place for taxpayers and not just on Halloween

Press Release HJTA releases 2013 Legislative Report Card Record-tying number of legislators (79) flunk; only 25 score an “A” Sacramento, stomach CA – HJTA has released its 2013 Legislative Report Card.  HJTA’s scorecard is intended as a tool to help struggling California taxpayers hold legislators of both parties accountable.  Of the 120 members of the […]