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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 […]

HJTA Asks Court to Reconsider Adverse High Speed Rail Bond Ruling

HJTA Asks Court to Reconsider Adverse High Speed Rail Bond Ruling

      Sacramento — Today the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, advice one of the defendants in litigation brought by the State to validate the sale of $8.6 billion in bonds for California’s troubled high speed rail project, filed pleadings asking the Court of Appeal to reconsider its ruling, issued July 31, approving the bond […]

More Politicians Should Visit the Real World

More Politicians Should Visit the Real World

    By Jon Coupal For a week he walked the streets of Fresno, a homeless man looking for work. At night he slept on park benches, during the day he tried to ward off hunger, sometimes with the bananas a grocer sold him at five for a dollar. At the end of the week, […]

Lawmakers Focus on the Frivolous

Lawmakers Focus on the Frivolous

      Given California’s many serious problems, illness including high unemployment, a listless economy and drought, one might think our Sacramento politicians would not have time on their hands to promote laws that have no force or effect in California. One might also think it unwise, at a time when our state is surviving […]

ACA 6: New Attack on People’s Power

ACA 6: New Attack on People’s Power

    . By Jon Coupal We certainly understand the hostility that professional politicians exhibit against citizens using the tools of direct democracy. The People’s right of initiative, referendum and recall are effective tools to control an indolent or corrupt legislature. The powers of direct democracy are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that […]

There Is No Loophole in Prop. 13

There Is No Loophole in Prop. 13

     

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 […]

Is Sacramento playing favorites with tax credits?

Is Sacramento playing favorites with tax credits?

By Jon Coupal Just two months ago this column criticized Sacramento for subsidizing those politically connected companies that are part of the “in” crowd with millions in tax credits while maintaining high taxes on less glamorous industries. Auto maker Tesla has recently been “gifted” $35 million in this fashion and both Democratic and Republican lawmakers […]

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 […]

Filing Tax Returns crosses party lines–it’s a pain in the neck

Filing Tax Returns crosses party lines–it’s a pain in the neck

By Jon Coupal In filing his tax returns, Donald Rumsfeld included a letter to the IRS stating, “As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate.” Now critics of the former secretary of defense and member of […]