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Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Visits Ventura County

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Visits Ventura County

By George Miller Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) President Jon Coupal dined with some people invited by the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) recently. He was there to thank them for their role in providing an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief in support of HJTA’s lawsuit on state pensions. The two organizations, not to […]

State Audit Exposes High Speed Rail’s Epic Waste of Time and Money

State Audit Exposes High Speed Rail’s Epic Waste of Time and Money

    by Jon Coupal Although the midterm election was held on November 6th, the news media was absorbed for several weeks with undecided close races and the strength of the “blue wave,” especially here in California. Perhaps that is why a reportfrom the Auditor of the State of California on the High Speed Rail Project […]

California is not creating jobs fast enough to support tax increases for pensions

California is not creating jobs fast enough to support tax increases for pensions

.. . . by Jon Coupal . On a superficial level, things look pretty good in California. Sure, we have big problems with wildfires and other periodic disasters, but the state’s finances have made a strong recovery since the depths of the recession. Indeed, Gov. Brown has repeatedly touted the multi-billion-dollar surplus and the state’s balanced […]

Government Unions Run Sacramento

Government Unions Run Sacramento

    By Jon Coupal | Originally published in the California Policy Center June 6 marks the 40th anniversary of voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition 13, which has been protecting all California taxpayers ever since. Some people mistakenly think Prop. 13 protects only homeowners, because it cut the property tax rate statewide to 1 percent and put a stop […]

Loss of local control a big issue in new water tax fight

Loss of local control a big issue in new water tax fight

  By Jon Coupal Throughout his tenure as governor, Jerry Brown has consistently pursued new revenue for transportation, housing and water. The Legislature, whose default reaction to any problem is to raise taxes on middle-class Californians, has only been too happy to oblige. As a result, California drivers were hit last year with an annual […]

Howard Jarvis Files Lawsuit over Legislature’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shield Senator from Recall

Howard Jarvis Files Lawsuit over Legislature’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shield Senator from Recall

Today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) filed a lawsuit to stop the Legislature’s unconstitutional efforts to undermine the voter-led recall of State Senator Josh Newman. “The Legislature has pulled out all the stops to silence the voice of taxpayers and undermine the people’s right to a fair and democratic process,” stated HJTA President Jon […]

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 […]

For Tax Raisers, End of Drought Is Bad News

For Tax Raisers, End of Drought Is Bad News

. By Jon Coupal As I write this, it is raining in Sacramento. Pouring, actually. And even though I live about 200 yards from the Sacramento River, I have confidence that the levees within the city limits are in good shape. (As well they should be given that Sacramento’s flood control agency collects millions of […]

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