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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 […]

The Great California Breakaway

The Great California Breakaway

. By Jon Coupal California breaking off into the ocean as a result of the “Big One” is science fiction fantasy to Hollywood, credible urban legend to citizens of Los Angeles and San Francisco and, perhaps, the secret hope of many Americans residing on the other side of the Sierras. However, backers of a just […]

Can California’s Taxpayers Be Thankful for 2016?

Can California’s Taxpayers Be Thankful for 2016?

. By Jon Coupal If taxpayers focus on the results of the recent election, there may not seem to be much to celebrate. While the rest of America took a big step toward fiscal sanity, the same cannot be said of California. At the state level, all 3 taxes, one on marijuana users, one on […]

Local Governments Rigging Elections – Again

By Jon Coupal

Proposition 13 Is Safe – For Another Few Weeks

Proposition 13 Is Safe – For Another Few Weeks

The Legislature is in adjournment, and with lawmakers at home campaigning for reelection, they are unable to engage in their favorite pastime of undermining Proposition 13 and its protections for California taxpayers. However, this time out is only a brief respite from the Sacramento politicians’ inexorable pursuit of taxpayers’ wallets, the ferocity of which matches […]

It’s the Report Card Most Legislators Don’t Want You to See

It’s the Report Card Most Legislators Don’t Want You to See

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Citizens Exhausted By Hypocrisy

Citizens Exhausted By Hypocrisy