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California Commentary

Jon Coupal is President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the former Director of Legal Affairs for HJTA. A recognized expert in California fiscal affairs, he has argued many tax cases before the courts.

California Commentary

Beware: They Are Now Among Us

Humorist Will Rogers observed, “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.” If Rogers were a Californian today, he would say the same thing about the state Legislature.  Read more >>

How About an Exam for Office Seekers?

Given the horrible decisions recently being made by elected officials, why don’t we subject candidates for public office to a simple exam with the grades to be posted in the ballot pamphlet? Here are few questions that might be asked.  Read more >>

Amazing! Something Good from the California Legislature

The phone call was from a frightened older woman in the Central Valley. “I can’t afford to pay my property taxes and I may lose my home by the end of the year if nothing is done in Sacramento.”  Read more >>

Proposition 13 Survives Legislative Session

Two years ago things looked very dark for California homeowners. Democrats achieved a super-majority in both the Assembly and Senate. Many publicly expressed their hostility to the landmark property tax initiative and one even said he would like to “nuke” Prop 13.  Read more >>

Let Them Drive Teslas

Once again, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg has thumbed his nose at the working class and other Californians of modest means by blocking legislation that would have slightly delayed implementation of carbon emission fees charged to oil companies.  Read more >>