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Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. signed by Governor – Expands Taxpayer Protections

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. signed by Governor – Expands Taxpayer Protections

Gov. Brown has signed Assembly Bill 195 (Obernolte), an HJTA sponsored bill that strengthens requirements that the cost of tax measures be clearly stated on the ballot.   AB 195 mandates that the ballot label for all local tax measures include the rate and duration of a tax increase as well as an estimate of the […]

Ventura County Taxpayers Association Joins Lawsuit to Reform California Pension Rule

Ventura County Taxpayers Association  Joins Lawsuit to Reform California Pension Rule

Case Headed for California Supreme Court California’s major public pension systems are in deep trouble. They have been racking up hundreds of billions of dollars in pension debt and California cities are helpless to do anything about it. Many have just called for increased taxes to fund needed services like police and fire and improved […]

Lawsuit demands California High-Speed Rail comply with voter intentions

Lawsuit demands California High-Speed Rail comply with voter intentions

By Kevin Dayton Young people calling San Francisco “home” in the fall of 2008 tried to leave an enduring legacy for future generations. Enough of them signed a petition to qualify a November 2008 ballot measure that would have snidely named a new city sewage treatment plant after President George W. Bush. (The measure failed.) […]

California Democrats Behave Like Confederates

California Democrats Behave Like Confederates

. By Jon Coupal . For fiscal conservatives and free market advocates, the national elections in 2008 and 2012 brought no small measure of disappointment. In its eight-year run, the Obama Administration imposed a host of new taxes – including several as part of the failed “Affordable Care Act” – and, just as egregious, nearly […]

11.5 Million Dollar Christmas Gift for County Managers

11.5 Million Dollar Christmas Gift for County Managers

This week Ventura County Board of Supervisors OK’d a series of salary and benefit increases for more than 1,000 top officials, managers and employees that will cost taxpayers almost $11.5 million over two years. The most troubling aspect of the increase was the county’s use of so-called “market-based adjustments” used to boost salaries of 484 […]

Study misses point of Prop. 13

Study misses point of Prop. 13

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 […]

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association launches Spanish Language site

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association launches Spanish Language site

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has launched a brand new website at HJTAEspanol.org making taxpayer resources available in Spanish. Information now available to Spanish-speaking Californians includes how to pass property down to future generations without a reassessment, how to avoid a property reassessment when moving and how to get involved in opposition to local rate […]

Will Cities Increase the Cost of Internet Services?

Will Cities Increase the Cost of Internet Services?