Category Archives: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

California, a state of unintended consequences

By Jon Coupal | California is notorious for enacting laws that result in outcomes precisely opposite of what the law was designed to address. Think of trying to cure obesity by prescribing donuts. Let’s start with high-speed rail. One of … Continue reading

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There are easier ways to help state taxpayers after federal tax reform

By Jon Coupal | With great weeping and gnashing of teeth, California Democrats have excoriated the Republican-controlled Congress and President Trump for the passage of the recently enacted tax reform measure. You wouldn’t know it from mainstream media rhetoric, but … Continue reading

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Split roll is an attack on Proposition 13 and California’s economy

By Jon Coupal| Last week, a coalition of organizations that favor higher taxes submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to gut a major taxpayer protection provided under Proposition 13. The attack is the latest iteration of “split roll” schemes designed to … Continue reading

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Broken parking meters shouldn’t be bait for unwary drivers

By Jon Coupal and Blanca Rubio | Starting on January 1st, Californians who park their cars next to a parking meter only to find that it’s broken won’t have to worry that a parking ticket will be waiting on their … Continue reading

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HJTA to appeal court ruling dismissing fire tax lawsuit

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association plans to appeal a decision earlier this week by the Sacramento Superior Court dismissing their legal challenge against the state’s past collection of a “fire prevention fee” from rural homeowners. “Dismissal of this case was … Continue reading

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Will Jerry Brown move the Senate recall election to June?

By Taryn Luna | With their Democratic supermajority potentially in peril, California state legislators passed a law earlier this year that lengthened the timeline for the state to officially certify a recall election. Now their efforts may give Sen. Josh … Continue reading

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CalPERS exposes taxpayers to unnecessary risks

By Jon Coupal | Listing all the deficiencies of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) would be a daunting task. A long history of corruption involving so-called “placement fees,” dysfunctional governance, undue union influence and poor rates of return … Continue reading

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Don’t let California become Chicago

By Jon Coupal | Well, it happened again. Homeowners in Chicago now face yet another property tax increase to pay for the city’s mounting pension debt. Local taxpayers have already been slammed with nearly $1.1 billion in property tax increases, … Continue reading

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California Realtors launch ballot drive to expand Prop. 13 for senior homeowners

By Jeff Collins, Orange County Register | An overhaul of Proposition 13, California’s landmark tax-control measure, could go before state voters next year under a plan adopted last month by the California Association of Realtors. The trade group is launching … Continue reading

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California taxpayers aren’t thankful for much, but there is hope in Republican tax reform

By Jon Coupal | In this season of Thanksgiving, please don’t blame battered taxpayers if they pause when asked for what are they grateful. Considering the punishment being dished out to working Californians and the middle class by the Legislature … Continue reading

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