Category Archives: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Call the Capitol today to protect Proposition 13!

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is asking members and supporters to oppose the newest attack on Proposition 13, Senate Constitutional Amendment 5. This measure would make it easier to raise property tax bills by lowering the two-thirds vote currently required … Continue reading

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Has the business community had enough?

By Jon Coupal | There is a particularly nasty YouTube video that made the rounds several years ago where a school punk was bullying another student who was overweight.  The punk kept punching the other kid who was forced to … Continue reading

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Is California really a low property tax state?

By Jon Coupal | To hear progressives tell it, California’s property tax is way too low and needs to be increased to fund the critical needs of schools and local governments.  But the notion that Proposition 13 – enacted 40 … Continue reading

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Will California’s taxpayers ever pay enough?

By Jon Coupal | Every day it seems like the California Legislature careens further off the rails, and we’re not just talking about the state’s infamous high speed rail project. The rapidity of tax increase proposals that would punish both … Continue reading

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California may be reaching the point of ‘taxuration’

By Jon Coupal | The phenomenon of “taxuration” occurs when taxpayers are so saturated with new tax-hike proposals that they start to rebel. According to a new poll, taxuration may have finally arrived in California, if hasn’t been here already. … Continue reading

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LAUSD’s punishing parcel tax proposal

By Jon Coupal | America’s most dysfunctional school district has stepped in it again. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), apparently coming to the shocking realization that there was no way they could pay for the horrible deal they … Continue reading

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Gavin Newsom’s threat to localities is extortion by any other name

By Jon Coupal | Shortly after his inauguration, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would withhold funds designated for transportation from local governments that didn’t comply with his vision for affordable housing. His move could be characterized as either the … Continue reading

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What the state Supreme Court’s pension ruling means for California’s taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. CalPERS, a case involving public employee pensions. For taxpayers, the decision was a mixed bag. On the plus side, the court … Continue reading

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HJTA defends Proposition 218 before California Supreme Court

Yesterday, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association attorney Laura Murray appeared before the California Supreme Court in Plantier v. Ramona Municipal Water District, involving the right of ratepayers under Proposition 218 to challenge illegal rates. HJTA accepted the invitation of the objecting … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s time for California’s taxpayers to go on strike

By Jon Coupal | Around California, public school teachers are on strike seeking more pay, better benefits and less competition from charter schools. They are also demanding that the rest of us pay higher taxes. Indeed, as part of the … Continue reading

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