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Knee Jerk Tax Hikes

Knee Jerk Tax Hikes

By Jon Coupal For the second time in as many weeks Californians got the news that Sacramento politicians are proposing yet another big tax hike. The truth is that new taxes would never be required were it not for Sacramento’s mismanagement of existing tax dollars. Last week, order it was the proposal to deal with […]

California Comeback or Continuing Crisis?

California Comeback or Continuing Crisis?

As the California Legislature reconvenes this week for the new session, clinic Californians will hear two decidedly different messages from both politicians and political pundits about the “state of the state.” Governor Brown will surely tout the “California comeback” and argue that the state is in much better fiscal health than just a couple of […]

It’s Scary Season Again—Time to pay your property taxes

It’s Scary Season Again—Time to pay your property taxes

For many the real scare this time of years is not the monsters at our doors on Halloween but the property tax bill in the mail box.

Could the High Speed Rail Ruling Imperil the Water Bond?

Could the High Speed Rail Ruling Imperil the Water Bond?

Proposition 1, the $7 billion water bond, has broad support from both Democrats and Republicans. Unlike the previous version of the bond – which had an $11 billion cost – the updated version has less pork and a few more promises for actual water storage. While HJTA opposed the previous version (and indeed we signed […]

California Attorney General Blocks Real Initiative Reform

California Attorney General Blocks Real Initiative Reform

    By Jon Coupal Just last month, this column noted that the professional political class harbors great hostility toward the tools of direct democracy — the powers of initiative, referendum and recall. These are effective tools to control an indolent or corrupt legislature. From the perspective of politicians, direct democracy allows the great unwashed […]

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 […]

Spending like drunken sailors in Sacramento

Spending like drunken sailors in Sacramento

Your Vote, Your Power, Your Future

Your Vote, Your Power, Your Future

The clock is ticking: 8 weeks until Election Day June 3. Millions of Californians believe our state and country are moving seriously in the wrong direction. Howard Jarvis used to say if we are being badly served by politicians it is our fault. We voted them in and we can vote them out, he would […]

California’s Gas Tax Nightmare

California’s Gas Tax Nightmare

  . . . By George Runner California taxpayers don’t have to fall sleep to have a nightmare. They experience one each and every day when they encounter a costly, confusing and constantly-changing tax system. Unfortunately, most efforts to change this system only make matters worse. Take the gas tax, for instance. California consumers currently […]

Gone to Texas–why businesses are leaving California

Gone to Texas–why businesses are leaving California

By Jon Coupal Texas Governor Rick Perry is returning to California, and to left-leaning politicians in Sacramento he is about as welcome as Godzilla in Tokyo. The cause of this consternation is Perry’s pro-business record which exposes all the weaknesses of the California approach to governing. While Texas focuses on job creation, California lawmakers give […]

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