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Marin group named ‘Taxpayer Organization of the Year’ by HJTA

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California’s most influential taxpayer-advocacy organization, has named Marin’s Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers (CO$T) as “Taxpayer Organization of the Year” for 2018. HJTA annually recognizes outstanding effort by a local taxpayer organization or leader. CO$T is a … Continue reading

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New study confirms business flight from California is accelerating

By Jon Coupal| The evidence is more than anecdotal. According to a recent study, business flight out of California has accelerated to an unprecedented level. In 2016, the year for which the most recent data is available, 1,800 businesses moved … Continue reading

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What the high-speed rail audit really means

By Jon Coupal | Although the midterm election was held on November 6th, the news media was absorbed for several weeks with undecided close races and the strength of the “blue wave,” especially here in California. Perhaps that is why … Continue reading

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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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