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Compromise reached on Prop. 13 treatment of business property

Compromise reached on Prop. 13 treatment of business property

Decades of political wrangling over how Proposition 13, the iconic property tax limit passed by voters in 1978, is applied to commercial property reached a climax of sorts Tuesday in a Capitol hearing room. During a hearing of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, long-warring business groups and tax reformers agreed on modest change of […]

Prop 13 saved by lawmakers’ misconduct?

Prop 13 saved by lawmakers’ misconduct?

  . . By Jon Coupal Because of the conviction of one member of the state Senate, and the indictment of a second, Proposition 13 — and taxpayers who rely on its protections — may have slipped the noose being prepared for it by majority Democrats in the Legislature. Senator Rod Wright, a Los Angeles […]

Do We Need More State Workers?

Do We Need More State Workers?

By Jon Coupal Government employee union leaders are grinning from ear to ear. Governor Brown wants to hire an additional 1,600 employees and jettison some state contracts with private sector workers. It’s been said that all government work should be subjected to the “Yellow Pages test.” If a service provider can be found in the […]

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, […]