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Defending direct democracy, defending taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | The powers of direct democracy — initiative, referendum and recall — are powerful tools to control slow-moving or corrupt politicians. These powers are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in … Continue reading

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HJTA again heads back to court on behalf of California taxpayers

Right of referendum is at stake The California Supreme Court has granted review of an important constitutional law case where Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association represents the taxpayers. In Wilde v. City of Dunsmuir the Court must decide whether local voters, … Continue reading

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Deflection as an art form: progressives complain about gas prices

By Jon Coupal | Only in California. Progressive policies in California have forced drivers to pay some of the highest gas prices in the nation. Now, a group of liberal legislators want the California attorney general to investigate why this … Continue reading

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Sacramento keeps on fooling us

By Jon Coupal | “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” so the saying goes. Unfortunately, California voters have been fooled (aka lied to) so many times by our political leaders that perhaps they have … Continue reading

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New tax proposals are unnecessary and hurt the middle-class

By Jon Coupal | No one disputes that California has a big budget surplus. According to the Office of the Legislative Analyst, California has budget reserves in excess of $18 billion. Our budget reserves exceed the entire state budget of … Continue reading

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What else is new? Newsom’s budget calls for more spending, higher taxes

By Jon Coupal | To the surprise of absolutely no one, California’s new governor has proposed a state budget with billions in increased spending and lots of tax hikes. And, as an added bonus, he is proposing new mandates on … Continue reading

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HJTA releases statement on Gov. Newsom’s state budget

Following the release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-2020 state budget today, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association president Jon Coupal issued the following statement: “It is troubling that Governor Newsom has proposed a budget with lots more spending coupled with higher … Continue reading

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New Year, new challenges for California taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind,” wrote author C.S. Lewis, one of the many thoughts about how a New Year brings hope. As great as Lewis was, he wasn’t a California taxpayer … Continue reading

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FPPC ups the ante on illegal campaign expenditures

By Jon Coupal | Over the last several years, this column has exposed multiple instances of government entities using taxpayer dollars for political advocacy, a practice that is illegal under both state and federal law.  Because progress in stopping these … Continue reading

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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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