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Important legislative update for Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association: Snack tax, rent control

Important legislative update for Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association: Snack tax, rent control

HJTA had a successful January in the State Capitol, with important victories for taxpayers and property owners. We wanted to take a moment to share the news: two major bills that HJTA spent over a year opposing went down to a final defeat last month.  The snack tax: Assembly Constitutional Amendment 2 is a proposed billion-dollar […]

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. Backing Gas Tax Repeal: Voters To Have Final Say

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. Backing Gas Tax Repeal: Voters To Have Final Say

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association announced it is backing a ballot measure that will repeal $5.2 billion in annual gas and car tax increases that take effect November 1st, and requires that future increases be approved by voters. The measure, Voter Approval for Increases in the Gas and Car Tax, has been filed with the […]

Media Exposes Collusion Between Lawyer For Democrats And FPPC Board Member

Media Exposes Collusion Between Lawyer For Democrats And FPPC Board Member

In just the latest in a series of questionable maneuvers to protect Senator Josh Newman, the target of a recall by his constituents, it has been revealed that a lawyer for Senate Democrats held private meetings and exchanged texts, and phone calls with a member of the Fair Political Practices Commission.  These contacts were kept […]

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. signed by Governor – Expands Taxpayer Protections

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. signed by Governor – Expands Taxpayer Protections

Gov. Brown has signed Assembly Bill 195 (Obernolte), an HJTA sponsored bill that strengthens requirements that the cost of tax measures be clearly stated on the ballot.   AB 195 mandates that the ballot label for all local tax measures include the rate and duration of a tax increase as well as an estimate of the […]

Class Action Lawsuit Against ‘Fire Tax’ Continues Despite Repeal

Class Action Lawsuit Against ‘Fire Tax’ Continues Despite Repeal

by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY A lawsuit against California’s controversial “fire prevention fee” (a.k.a. “fire tax”) will continue, despite being suspended earlier this month as part of a deal Republican leaders made to pass cap-and-trade. The tax was levied on almost 800,000 rural property owners in mostly Republican districts. The plaintiffs are continuing with their lawsuit and may […]

What taxpayers should know about the California budget

What taxpayers should know about the California budget

. By Jon Coupal  California voters are pretty good at figuring out what is going in the state capital when it hits them directly. For example, recent polling shows that citizen awareness of the $5.2 billion annual gas and car tax is very high and, incidentally, very negative. But the same can’t be said when it […]

Recall effort stymied by Sacramento

Recall effort stymied by Sacramento

    By Jon Coupal Members of the California Legislature apparently believe they have the power to change outcomes they don’t like. This is like awarding the NBA Championship to Cleveland by retroactively mandating that all of Golden State’s three point baskets be counted as only two. While basketball is not on the minds of […]

Jon Coupal: Taxpayer Assault on Horizon

Jon Coupal: Taxpayer Assault on Horizon

By Sheryl Hamlin Fresh from a roadside phone interview with NPR radio about Governor Brown’s proposed $54 billion tax increase, Jon Coupal, veteran tax warrior and head of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), breezed in to keynote the Ventura County Taxpayers Association meeting on Thursday, March 30 in Oxnard. $54 Billion Tax Increase THIS […]

Join VCTA for Lunch on March 30th with Jon Coupal president of Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association

Join VCTA for Lunch on March 30th with Jon Coupal president of Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association

Make plans to join VCTA for lunch on March 30th. Our guest speaker will be Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the largest taxpayers association in California. He is a recognized expert in California fiscal matters and the principal drafter of prop 218. Click Here for additional details and to pay by […]

California Democrats Behave Like Confederates

California Democrats Behave Like Confederates

. By Jon Coupal . For fiscal conservatives and free market advocates, the national elections in 2008 and 2012 brought no small measure of disappointment. In its eight-year run, the Obama Administration imposed a host of new taxes – including several as part of the failed “Affordable Care Act” – and, just as egregious, nearly […]