Category Archives: Prop. 13

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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After 40 years, Proposition 13 still protects California taxpayers

By Joel Fox| The Proposition 13 tax revolt was more than an uprising against out-of-control property taxes. Passed by voters 40 years ago Wednesday, Proposition 13 survives in deep-blue California because it stands as a strong symbol not only about … 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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There is no loophole in Proposition 13

By Jon Coupal and Patricia Bates | For decades, California progressives have complained about a “loophole” in Proposition 13 that unfairly benefits the owners of commercial real estate to the detriment of homeowners. This characterization has been widely accepted by … Continue reading

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Did the enemies of Proposition 13 blink on ‘split-roll’ initiative?

By Jon Coupal | A reporter for the Bay Area News Group stopped by the government office in Santa Clara County and concluded that while people standing in line to pay their property taxes were upset with the heavy burden, … Continue reading

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Nearly 1 million signatures filed for initiative to strike Prop. 13’s ‘moving penalty’

By Jeff Collins | Backers of a statewide initiative aimed at expanding Prop. 13 for senior homeowners have submitted almost a million signatures to election officials, more than enough to qualify the measure for next November’s ballot, the California Association … Continue reading

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That ‘split roll’ you heard about? It’s less a Prop. 13 fix than a pension bailout

Editorial, The San Diego Union-Tribune | Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 ballot measure credited with touching off a national anti-tax revolution, has never stopped being controversial. Critics say its cap on annual property tax increases and its two-thirds voting requirement … Continue reading

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How high would your property tax be without Proposition 13?

Think Proposition 13 isn’t helping you? Guess again. How high would your property tax be without Proposition 13? To help you figure that out, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has launched an easy-to-use online tax calculator called “The Guessing Game.” It … Continue reading

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Proposition 13 must be protected, not ‘updated’ with large property tax increase

[This commentary responds to a column in the San Jose Mercury News by philanthropist and technology entrepreneur David Bohnett titled, “How California voters can update, improve Prop. 13.”] By David Kline | David Bohnett wrongly claims that local governments are “starving” … Continue reading

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Property tax debate in 1978 wasn’t just about ‘grandma’s house’

[This column was written in response to a syndicated column that was published in the Ventura County Star that promoted a split-roll property tax.] By David Kline | In his column supporting property tax increases in California (“Will Prop. 13 … Continue reading

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