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Greater Transparency on Threat to Property Owners

Greater Transparency on Threat to Property Owners

    By Jon Coupal Legislation just signed by Gov. Brown may help alert homeowners to the threat posed by per parcel property taxes. Parcel taxes have become one of the most insidious threats to home ownership because they can be imposed over and above the property tax limits set by Proposition 13. Supported by […]

Be Well-Informed, Ignore Political Ads

Be Well-Informed, Ignore Political Ads

    By Jon Coupal Ah, August.  For so many, that means vacation when normally hard working Californians will be visiting theme parks, going camping or maybe just relaxing in the back yard.  But this is also an election year and the next three quiet weeks are the calm before the storm of political ads […]

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 […]

Taxes–Lying in the Weeds

Taxes–Lying in the Weeds

    By Jon Coupal Once again it is time for taxpayers to get a good grip on their wallets because Sacramento politicians are looking to extend the “temporary” taxes imposed by Proposition 30, approved by voters less than two years ago. There is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax. They are as immortal […]

Why Not Sustainability in a Spending Limit?

Why Not Sustainability in a Spending Limit?

  By Jon Coupal Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown delivered the keynote address at a sustainability summit hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council. While the summit focused on California’s environmental, energy and water policy, we have to wonder whether the governor will exert the same effort in support of fiscal sustainability now that he […]

Welcome to Corruptifornia

Welcome to Corruptifornia

By Jon Coupal Hey, New Jersey and Chicago, you’ve got nothing on California. For several years, the Golden State has tried to be number one among all states in tax burden — and, of course, we are very close to that prize. But now we seem to be striving for a new number one title: […]

Editorial: They Want to Double the Car Tax

Editorial: They Want to Double the Car Tax

    Stop Sign of the Times By Jon Coupal 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 […]

Brown’s California Budget Is Incomplete

Brown’s California Budget Is Incomplete

Viewpoint Following is the response of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal after reviewing Gov. Brown’s proposed 2014/15 state budget: “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 […]