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Undermining Prop 13: State Set to Drive Out Business

Undermining Prop 13: State Set to Drive Out Business

By Jon Coupal A handful of far-left, Bay Area activists think they have come up with a clever plan to chip away at Proposition 13. Specifically, they are attempting to persuade local school boards and city councils to pass resolutions in support of removing Prop 13 protections for business property. While “resolutions” are not laws, […]

The Political Class Underestimates You

The Political Class Underestimates You

Viewpoint By Jon Coupal The California Legislature reconvenes this week and the politicians may be on the verge of a major miscalculation because they don’t understand how real people think. The members of the political class in Washington and our state capitols are certain they know what Americans are thinking. Just ask them. After all, […]

Who’s Looking Out for the Middle Class?

Who’s Looking Out for the Middle Class?

Viewpoint By Jon Coupal Thirty years of political engagement in California politics has led me to the realization that the middle class is woefully underrepresented in this state. Not only that, but this injustice seems amplified with every passing year. This column has covered the lack of meaningful representation for ordinary citizen taxpayers for more […]

Follow the Money — Down the Drain

Follow the Money — Down the Drain

Viewpoint By Jon Coupal What if you were told there is a corrupt dictatorship on the other side of the world where government officials are using US foreign aid to build palatial mansions for themselves, diverting money intended to feed poor children and spending billions with no oversight or accountability? Unfortunately, these examples are not […]

The Bullet Train Is Like the Walking Dead

The Bullet Train Is Like the Walking Dead

By Jon Coupal Pop quiz. Which of the following statements is true? A. California High speed rail (HSR) will allow riders to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about two and a half hours for $50. B. The total cost of HSR will be about $40 billion. C. About half the cost of […]

Court Rules Against CA Bullet Train Authority

Court Rules Against CA Bullet Train Authority

Viewpoint Taxpayers received good news this morning when Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny denied the State permission to put taxpayers in debt another almost nine billion dollars, which the California High Speed Rail Authority wanted to use on a project not even remotely close to what the State pitched to California voters when they […]

Riddle me this

Riddle me this

Viewpoint By Jon Coupal Riddle me this: Why do government projects never seem to be completed efficiently, on budget and on time? Currently, national attention is focused on the failure of the ObamaCare website. Not since the launch of the Titanic has so much gone so wrong. After three and a half years and a […]

The Betrayal of Taxpayers

The Betrayal of Taxpayers

Viewpoint By Jon Coupal . At the end of September, Assembly Bill 8 was signed by Governor Brown and became law. This is horrible news for taxpayers because California motorists will now be paying $2.3 billion in additional taxes and charges. Adding insult to injury, taxpayers will find their hard earned dollars being used to […]

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Taxpayer Conference- Oct. 10- NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Taxpayer Conference- Oct. 10- NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

Event Announcement- Updated September 20- LOCATION CHANGE California taxpayers are burdened with the nation’s highest gas taxes, income taxes, sales taxes and corporate taxes in the West. Our state’s high taxes and unreasonable regulations have driven jobs and productive citizens away. Now, the Sacramento politicians are working to abolish Proposition 13 protection for homeowners, as […]

No Comments from the Peanut Gallery

No Comments from the Peanut Gallery

By Jon Coupal Some years ago, at a meeting of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, a controversial suggestion by one of the council members resulted in startled murmurs from the audience. Annoyed by this unsolicited feedback, the council member blurted out, “No comments from the Peanut Gallery.” For those younger than the baby […]