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Newman recall effort stymied by the Legislature

By Jon Coupal | Members of the California Legislature apparently believe they have the power to change outcomes they don’t like. This is like awarding the NBA Championship to Cleveland by retroactively mandating that all of Golden State’s three point … Continue reading

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The relentless battle for legislative transparency

By Jon Coupal | For decades, it has been nearly impossible for ordinary citizens to pierce the veil of legislative secrecy in our state capital. Of course, California is not unique — legislative bodies have sought to conceal their activity … Continue reading

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The California caste system

By Jon Coupal | After the Legislature imposed billions of dollars in new car and gas taxes on Californians last month, a friend emailed me to register his disappointment and disgust: “It’s like we live in an apartheid society where … Continue reading

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Legislature is already planning to divert increased gas tax revenue

By Jon Coupal and Vince Fong | Before the ink on the governor’s signature has dried on the largest gas tax increase in California history, Sacramento Democrats are fully intending to break their promise to dedicate the new revenue to … Continue reading

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If taxpayers are ‘cheap’ it’s because they aren’t stupid

By Jon Coupal | California’s already overburdened taxpayers are, once again, being blamed for being the problem, now that Gov. Jerry Brown has labeled those who object to his new $5.2 billion gas and car tax as “freeloaders.” Taxpayers have … Continue reading

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Why the Newman recall is justified

By Jon Coupal | State Sen. Josh Newman, who has been in office less than six months, is the target of a credible and well organized recall election. The recall effort was instigated by reform and taxpayer interests over the … Continue reading

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More sleight of hand with gas tax hikes

By Jon Coupal | If Gov. Brown and members of the California Legislature think that the backlash against the car and gas tax increases will subside any time soon, they are mistaken. The controversy continues to dominate both traditional and … Continue reading

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Report reveals billions in government waste, fraud and abuse

Millions of Californians will file tax returns this Tax Day and many wonder whether the billions they send to their government actually goes to good use. Today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association released the annual Follow the Money report documenting … Continue reading

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HJTA launches radio ad blitz to block legislature’s gas tax hike

Today the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is launching a statewide radio campaign urging Californians to tell their representatives “heck no” to the proposed $5 billion a year gas and car tax increase.   The ad reminds listeners that much of the … Continue reading

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Transportation tax hikes are an insult to taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | It’s easy to spend money when it’s not your own. That’s the case with the proposed massive tax hikes on California drivers announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The $5.2 billion in taxes imposed annually are … Continue reading

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