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California: Tax Hikes Loom for 2016 Ballot

California:  Tax Hikes Loom for 2016 Ballot

Although it may seem far in the distant future, symptoms there has been a great deal of speculation regarding what ballot propositions might appear on the 2016 General Election ballot in California. Focusing on just those proposals having the potential for real harm to taxpayers, here is our short list: SALES AND INCOME TAX EXTENSION […]

UC Pension Crisis Creates Teachable Moment

UC Pension Crisis Creates Teachable Moment

Californians have abysmally low levels of civic engagement as evidenced by the recent election where voter turnout set an historic low. And the widespread disengagement of California’s younger voters is even worse. True, in 2008 California’s youth turned out in large numbers to elect Barack Obama as President. And in 2012 they turned out again […]

Proposition 13 Survives Legislative Session

Proposition 13 Survives Legislative Session

      By Jon Coupal Two years ago, when 2013-14 legislative session began, things looked very dark for California homeowners. Democrats, many hostile to Proposition 13, achieved a super-majority in both the Assembly and Senate. Many publicly expressed their hostility to the landmark property tax initiative and one even said he would like to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]