Category Archives: Jon Coupal

The federal government is right to audit California’s bullet train project

By Jon Coupal | Last week, the federal government announced that it would audit California’s high-speed rail project. This is welcome news for those who have believed from the very inception of the project that it was doomed to failure. … Continue reading

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Annual HJTA report documents almost half a trillion dollars in government waste, fraud and abuse

As many Californians raced to meet Tuesday’s deadline to file their tax returns, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association released its annual Follow the Money report, exposing waste, fraud, and abuse of almost half a trillion hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The report … Continue reading

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Did the enemies of Proposition 13 blink on ‘split-roll’ initiative?

By Jon Coupal | A reporter for the Bay Area News Group stopped by the government office in Santa Clara County and concluded that while people standing in line to pay their property taxes were upset with the heavy burden, … Continue reading

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Popeye character’s bad credit a model for California spending

By Jon Coupal | “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” That was the catchphrase of J. Wellington Wimpy, simply known as just “Wimpy” on the “Popeye” cartoon show. For good reason, the proprietor of the diner rejected … Continue reading

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Thursday’s John and Ken show: gas tax repeal, Newman recall

Thursday afternoon, KFI Radio talk show hosts John and Ken broadcast live from the Phoenix Club Restaurant’s parking lot in Anaheim. It was a final push for signatures to repeal the gas tax, and an update on the campaign to … Continue reading

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John and Ken will be broadcasting live in Anaheim on Thursday

This Thursday (April 5) KFI Radio’s John and Ken will be broadcasting live from The Phoenix Club Restaurant parking lot in Anaheim (see map below). This is a final round-up of signatures to repeal the gas tax and a major … Continue reading

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What would make legislation in California truly ‘family friendly?’

By Jon Coupal | Every year California politicians push bills advertised as “family friendly.” This label is certainly useful to gain sympathy for a proposal. It’s akin to labeling a bill “The Protect Puppies Act.” Who could possibly object to … Continue reading

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Here’s something the California Legislature won’t pass but actually should

By Jon Coupal | When the California Legislature passes “resolutions” — as distinct from actual legislation — it is a meaningless exercise. Sure, it makes people feel better about some issue or crisis de jour, but because resolutions lack any force … Continue reading

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The Board of Equalization got the last laugh on a gas tax increase

By Jon Coupal | In a normal universe, the rejection of a gas tax increase by a state agency would be based primarily on policy grounds. But in a strange mix of wonkish tax policy, political turf fighting and revenge, … Continue reading

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Loss of local control a big issue in new water tax fight

By Jon Coupal | Throughout his tenure as governor, Jerry Brown has consistently pursued new revenue for transportation, housing and water. The Legislature, whose default reaction to any problem is to raise taxes on middle-class Californians, has only been too … Continue reading

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