Category Archives: Taxes

California’s property taxes are not as low as you think

Editorial, The Orange County Register |  Some like to claim that Proposition 13 has decimated local government revenue and made California a low property tax state, but this is hardly the case. While Proposition 13 has succeeded in preventing property … Continue reading

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If federal taxes go down, state and local taxes could go up

By Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle | As President Trump and his allies in Congress work to cut federal taxes and spending, San Francisco’s elected officials are laying plans to create new taxes at the state and local levels. The … Continue reading

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Bill would eliminate state income taxes for public school teachers

By Joel Fox | It seems those pushing a bill to eliminate state income taxes for teachers have a large strategic hurdle to clear. Teachers through their unions frequently campaign for more taxes. How would it look if teachers are … Continue reading

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Gann Limit back from past to needle big spenders

By Jon Coupal | Consider this argument from Sacramento politicians: California’s roads, freeways and bridges are crumbling. Our spending on transportation is so seriously inadequate that a gas tax increase and other taxes are desperately needed to save California from … Continue reading

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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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