Category Archives: Jon Coupal

Why does California’s ‘Secure Choice’ program still exist?

By Jon Coupal | California’s planned “Secure Choice” program, if implemented, would violate federal law. So why are we needlessly spending public tax dollars on its startup costs? The concept of the program seems harmless enough: A voluntary program — … Continue reading

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After billions in tax increases, Californians deserve a tax cut

By Jon Coupal and Vince Fong | For millions of Californians, the state has been rendered unaffordable because of foolish and counter-productive policies emanating from Sacramento. A shocking one-third of California renters spend at least half of their take-home pay … Continue reading

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‘Trump bump’ rescues California’s unemployment fund

By Jon Coupal | America’s economic recovery has benefited California more than most states because the real estate crash hit the Golden State a lot harder. In other words, we’ve had to claw our way up from a deeper hole. … Continue reading

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High speed rail is the best reason to repeal the gas and car tax hike

By Jon Coupal | Would you trust a surgeon who has a history of amputating the wrong limb? Of course not. For the same reason, California taxpayers should not trust our state politicians with more transportation dollars. Let’s get one … Continue reading

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The two most insightful responses to the governor’s budget

By Jon Coupal | Last week, Gov. Brown released his proposed 2018-19 state budget. But few citizens even pay attention to public finance issues except in the most general sense. For example, we hear from media either that the budget … Continue reading

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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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Will change in recall rules protect predaceous politicians?

By Jon Coupal | Compared to citizens of other states, Californians are pretty laid back. But while Californians may have a reputation for being “chill,” in the political realm, they can act with surprising intensity and speed. Compared to citizens … 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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