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  • Claims the California Legislature is transparent are bogus Claims the California Legislature is transparent are bogus

    Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.|Jun 20, 2024

    “Transparency in government is paramount,” said Assemblywoman Gail Pellerin, D-Santa Cruz, proving that hypocrisy in government is clearly the rule in California. As chair of the Committee on Elections and Redistricting, Pellerin praised “transparency” as she voted to kill a bill that would have banned non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) from the bill-making process. The bill, Assembly Bill 2654, was in response to a report by KCRA’s Ashley Zavala, who broke the news that special interest...

  • Protect Prop. 13! Call the Capitol to say "NO on ACA 13" and "NO on ACA 1"

    Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association|Aug 31, 2023

    Thank you for the calls you've made to tell the legislature that ACA 13 and ACA 1 are attacks on Proposition 13 that must be stopped. Your help is needed again as these two dangerous measures come up for a vote on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We're asking all HJTA members and supporters to please call the members of the committee and urge them to vote NO on ACA 13 and NO on ACA 1. Please call as soon as possible! Here's all the information: NO on ACA 13 ACA 13...

  • California Commentary

    Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association|Jun 15, 2023

    In California politics, there are three major movements to the annual budget Kabuki Dance. In January of each year, the governor announces a proposed budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1st. The dance move just executed last week was the “May Revise,” a revision of the previous proposed budget, leading up to the passage of the final budget by June 15th. As this column has previously revealed, all phases of the budget dance are fake insofar as they are subject to substantial ame...

  • Gas Tax Increase With Novocain

    Jon Coupal, Special to the Observer|Nov 9, 2017

    Have you ever had a tooth extracted without Novocain or some other pain killer? When facing something painful, it's always helpful to apply a numbing agent and, when administered by competent medical personnel, anesthesia provides effective relief. But when politicians try to mask pain, be skeptical. The 12 cent increase in California's gas tax which took effect this week has garnered a great deal of media attention, much of it negative. That explains why California Democrats have tried to mask...

  • Goblins and Gobs of Tax Hikes - Plus Your Property Tax Bill

    Jon Coupal|Oct 27, 2016

    As any reader of this column knows, voters will be confronted come election day with billions and billions of new tax hikes and bond measures (which, of course, result in their own tax hikes). But let’s not forget that there is another reason for taxpayer to experience a heightened sense of anxiety over the next few weeks. For many the real scare this time of year is not the monsters at our doors on Halloween but the property tax bill in the mail box. But, while the “tax and spend” lobby incre...