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Governor Brown proposes gas tax hike to fix California roads

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed raising $52 billion to fix roads through an increase in gas taxes along with higher car registration fees and a $100 charge on emission-free vehicles. Here’s the news report that was broadcast last night on … Continue reading

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‘Static cling’ in Sacramento

By Jon Coupal | What is it with progressive politicians who believe that taxpayers won’t change their behavior because of tax policy? One would think that repeatedly seeing pie-in-the-sky revenue projections from big tax hikes that fall way short of … Continue reading

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Proposition 13 is the original victim of ‘fake news’

By Jon Coupal | As Proposition 13 approaches its 39th birthday, it is still subject to the same dishonest attacks in the media that were used against it when it was on the ballot in 1978. Proposition 13 was one … Continue reading

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Gann Limit back from past to needle big spenders

By Jon Coupal | Consider this argument from Sacramento politicians: California’s roads, freeways and bridges are crumbling. Our spending on transportation is so seriously inadequate that a gas tax increase and other taxes are desperately needed to save California from … Continue reading

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California’s planned ‘Secure Choice’ retirement program is neither secure nor a choice

By Jon Coupal | California’s “Secure Choice” program sounds harmless enough: A voluntary program — at least for now — that would enroll private sector employees who currently don’t have a retirement plan into a state-run retirement savings account. When … Continue reading

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Is it time to abandon the Bear Flag?

By Jon Coupal | The Bear Flag, which first appeared as the symbol of the short-lived Bear Flag Republic in 1846, was made the official flag of California in 1911. The flag displays a California grizzly bear which, in a … Continue reading

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State Sen. Hertzberg targets homeowners with higher water and sewer rates

By Jon Coupal | It’s no secret that tax-and-spend interests have hated Proposition 13 since its adoption by the voters in 1978. Immediately after passage, Prop. 13 was the target of numerous lawsuits and legislative proposals seeking to create loopholes that … Continue reading

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California: Time for a major change in course

By Lewis K. Uhler and Jon Coupal | Governor Brown, California Attorney General Becerra, legislative and other government officials are fixated on battling the new administration in Washington with almost total disregard for California’s major problems and unmet needs. Failure … Continue reading

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Taxes, fees, charges and assessments: What difference does it make?

By Jon Coupal | What’s the difference between a tax and fee? There is no easy answer and the political class likes it that way. In fact, they would prefer that the public remain confused to the point of apathy. … Continue reading

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For tax raisers, the end of California’s drought is bad news

By Jon Coupal | As I write this, it is raining in Sacramento. Pouring, actually. And even though I live about 200 yards from the Sacramento River, I have confidence that the levees within the city limits are in good … Continue reading

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