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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

Lawmakers Focus on the Frivolous

Given California’s many serious problems, including high unemployment, a listless economy and drought, one might think our Sacramento politicians would not have time on their hands to promote laws that have no force or effect in California. But they would be wrong.  Read more >>

ACA 6: New Attack on People's Power

We certainly understand the hostility that professional politicians exhibit against citizens using the tools of direct democracy. The People’s right of initiative, referendum and recall are effective tools to control an indolent or corrupt legislature.  Read more >>

Arrogance of the Political Elite Costs You at the Pump

It’s election season and finally there’s a bit of good news for California politicians seeking reelection. A recent Field poll shows that there are now more California voters that think they are financially better off than those who believe they are worse off.  Read more >>

Enjoy the Barbecue

It’s an American tradition to gather with family and friends on the 4th of July. A barbecue, trip to a beach or just a modest family get-together are all appropriate ways to celebrate Independence Day.  Read more >>

Why Californians Don't Trust State Government

Californians don't trust state government. A recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California reveals that only 6 percent of voters believe that government does not waste much money.  Read more >>