Category Archives: Taxes

Where is all the money for dams?

By Carolyn Cavecche | As a taxpayer, I have some basic expectations. When I dial 9-1-1 I want a police officer or firefighter to arrive at my house as quickly as possible. I expect streets and roads to be drivable, … Continue reading

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California’s total government debt rises to $1.3 trillion

By Ed Ring | A just released study calculates the total state and local government debt in California as of June 30, 2015, at over $1.3 trillion. Authored by Marc Joffe and Bill Fletcher at the California Policy Center, this … Continue reading

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Californians just approved $5 billion per year in new taxes

By Ed Ring | For the last few years, using data provided by the watchdog organization CalTax, we have summarized the results of local bond and tax proposals appearing on the California ballot. Nearly all of them are approved by … Continue reading

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Can California’s taxpayers be thankful for 2016?

By Jon Coupal | If taxpayers focus on the results of the recent election, there may not seem to be much to celebrate. While the rest of America took a big step toward fiscal sanity, the same cannot be said … Continue reading

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Recommendations on statewide ballot measures important to taxpayers

After careful study of the 17 statewide ballot measures on the upcoming ballot, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has concluded that there are five measures that are important to California taxpayers — three measures would increase taxes or debt, while … Continue reading

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Sacramento should stop new tax on driving

By Michelle Steel | Do you want the government following your car every day? Most of us don’t like that Orwellian vision, but a tax scheme brewing in the legislature might do just that. Hardworking Californians don’t want a new … Continue reading

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Senator Moorlach introduces AB 1251 to give voters access to state’s balance sheet

Facing unfunded pension and retiree medical liabilities of $220 billion or more, California has the highest debt total of all the 50 states, yet voters are asked every election to approve even more bonded debt and to vote for candidates … Continue reading

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Hospitals inflict pain on taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | In 2012, those of us who opposed Proposition 30 were told that the measure, which was the largest state tax hike in American history, was just a “temporary” fix to address the emergency of a severe … Continue reading

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Attack on Prop. 13 coming in Assembly committee on Monday

According to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Solano County) has introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4 (ACA 4) — the first bill to be heard in 2015 that represents a direct assault on Proposition 13’s two-thirds vote protections. … Continue reading

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May 3rd is California’s real tax day

By Andy Koenig, The Orange County Register | California’s real tax day isn’t April 15th. It’s May 3rd. On that day, the state’s taxpayers have finally made enough money to pay their total tax burden for the year, according to … Continue reading

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