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Measure to repeal gas tax qualifies for November ballot

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today that the initiative to repeal the gas tax has qualified for the November ballot. Based on a random sample count, the measure gathered more than the 585,407 signatures required of registered voters. … Continue reading

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California’s budget and budget process should worry every taxpayer

By Jon Coupal | Let’s face it, when it comes to the state budget of California, most citizens suffer from MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over).  Because even public finance experts are confused by the thousands of pages of budget documents, … Continue reading

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The California gas tax and the outrageous tactics to keep it

By Jon Coupal | A few weeks ago this column addressed the issue of polling and how it can be manipulated and, even when it is not manipulated, how wrong it can be.  Still, candidates, consultants and the media do … Continue reading

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After all these years, liberals are still wrong about Proposition 13

By Jon Coupal | Forty years ago this week, California voters began the modern tax revolt movement that spread across America like wildfire. The idea that citizens could take back control from an overreaching government helped to propel Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

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In Sacramento, Democrats are run by the unions

By Jon Coupal | June 6 marks the 40th anniversary of voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition 13, which has been protecting all California taxpayers ever since. Some people mistakenly think Prop. 13 protects only homeowners, because it cut the property … Continue reading

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HJTA files suit over illegal CalSavers program

Today the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed suit in U.S. District Court against California’s so-called “CalSavers,” an illegal program that leaves taxpayers, businesses and private sector employees exposed to unnecessary costs and risks. Originally called “Secure Choice,” CalSavers is a … Continue reading

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Progressives love transparency except when they don’t

By Jon Coupal | We’ve all heard of “situational ethics.” This column is about “situational transparency,” a phenomenon among progressives who love transparency in matters of public policy, except when they hate it. Let’s review the areas in which progressives … Continue reading

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Pernicious push polls pervert politics

By Jon Coupal | “There are lies, damn lies and statistics,” goes the old saying. It has always been true that statistics can be presented in ways that are highly deceptive and intentionally misleading. A Midwestern city might truthfully claim … Continue reading

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Taxpayers lose again with new solar panel mandate

By Jon Coupal | The California Energy Commission has announced new regulations to require rooftop solar panels on all new homes constructed in California beginning in 2020. This forced mandate represents an extraordinary regulatory overreach. However, don’t expect too much … Continue reading

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Proposals to ban internal combustion engines in California are a bad idea

By Jon Coupal | The latest battle in Sacramento’s war on California’s middle class is the push to ban the internal combustion engine. Luckily, the effort has stalled. The legislation that would have imposed the ban, Assembly Bill 1745, died … Continue reading

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