Category Archives: Jon Coupal

By all means, let’s educate the voters about Proposition 13

By Jon Coupal | This past week, progressive interest groups announced they had sufficient signatures to qualify an initiative for the 2020 ballot that is a direct attack on Proposition 13. Specifically, this so-called “split roll” initiative would raise property … Continue reading

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Protecting taxpayer interests in the fire liability fight

By Jon Coupal | One of the most contentious political battles currently being waged in Sacramento during the final two weeks of the legislative session is over the extent to which investor-owned utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric, should … Continue reading

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California’s leaky bucket theory of public improvement

By Jon Coupal | Unfortunately, Californians have come to expect significant levels of waste and incompetence when it comes to government programs. Just last week, we learned that the “new” $290 million computer system for the California Department of Tax … Continue reading

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The California Legislature passes the pension buck – again

By Jon Coupal| In truth, Sacramento politicians are very dependable. You can depend on them to raise your taxes, pass meaningless resolutions attacking President Trump and hurt the private sector by eliminating workplace arbitration and enacting even more burdensome regulations. … Continue reading

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California’s Property Tax Postponement program aids low-income seniors

By Jon Coupal | For Californians who are struggling to pay property tax bills that are rising ever higher due to the increasing number of local bonds and parcel taxes, help may be available. Property taxes are held in check … Continue reading

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A few taxpayer victories in an anti-taxpayer California Legislature

By Jon Coupal | Ronald Reagan once said, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” … Continue reading

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Withdrawal of the Taxpayer Protection Act could haunt the American Beverage Association

By Jon Coupal | By now, political observers have heard how a series of negotiations in Sacramento resulted in three initiatives slated for the November ballot being withdrawn by their respective proponents. The blame (or credit, depending on your perspective) … Continue reading

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Do Democrats in Sacramento really want to fix Prop. 13 problems?

By Thomas D. Elias | If it’s ever to be fixed, only a ballot proposition can repair the largest and most obvious inequity caused by Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 tax-cutting initiative that causes next-door neighbors in identical homes to … Continue reading

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Janus decision gives California taxpayers a fighting chance

By Jon Coupal | Early in World War II, Nazi Germany pounded Great Britain from the air for months in what was known as “The Battle of Britain.” It was a certainty that the bombing campaign was the precursor to … Continue reading

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Call the Capitol Monday morning to urge support for Proposition 13

The following message was received yesterday from Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association: On Monday, July 2, the California Assembly’s Committee on Revenue and Taxation will consider whether to support a special resolution, ACR 247, in honor … Continue reading

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