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Decision on ‘California rule’ will impact who rules California

By Jon Coupal | On its surface, the case heard last Wednesday by the California Supreme Court in CalFire Local 2881 vs. CalPERS doesn’t seem that important. At issue is the so-called “California Rule,” an obscure legal doctrine relating to … Continue reading

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HJTA’s 2018 scorecard identifies taxpayer allies, foes

By Jon Coupal | In 2018, perhaps scared off by the specter of an upcoming election and the recall of state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, the California Legislature approved no new taxes for only the second time in the last … Continue reading

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California taxpayers give thanks but worry about the future

By Jon Coupal | In this season of Thanksgiving, taxpayers in California have reason to pause when asked for what they are thankful. Considering the costly plans of the newly elected Legislature and governor, taxpayers may be most grateful for … Continue reading

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Rejection of Proposition 6 doesn’t end the taxpayer revolt

By Jon Coupal | It is understandable that many California taxpayers are disappointed with the election results. The defeat of Proposition 6 means that last year’s big increases in both the car tax and the gas tax imposed on us … Continue reading

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Did California save Ted Cruz?

By Jon Coupal | Chuck DeVore is just one of thousands of former Californians who have moved to Texas. But DeVore is unique. Not only did he serve in the California Assembly, but he remains heavily engaged in policy issues … Continue reading

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Look past the deceptive labeling on Proposition 6

By Jon Coupal | When it comes to protecting consumers, the federal government comes down hard on companies that engage in deceptive labeling on things we consume.  The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), enacted in 1967, directs the Federal … Continue reading

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How to read your property tax bill

By Jon Coupal| Thanks to Proposition 13, property tax bills are less scary in California than they are in a lot of other states. Homeowners in Illinois and New Jersey, just to cite two examples, have been known to let … Continue reading

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The FPPC finally lowers the boom

By Jon Coupal | This column has, over the last several years, exposed multiple examples of government entities using taxpayer dollars for political advocacy, a practice that is clearly illegal under both state and federal law.  The free speech clauses … Continue reading

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Once again, California Prop. 13 is ‘on the table’

By Jon Coupal | In the contest to see who will be California’s next governor, political pollsters haven’t given Republican John Cox much of a chance of prevailing over former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. After … Continue reading

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Proposition 6 is a grassroots initiative

By Jon Coupal | Proposition 6 is an initiative measure appearing on the ballot less than one month from now that would repeal the tax hike on gasoline and cars imposed by Sacramento politicians last year without a vote of … Continue reading

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