REPORT FROM THE CAPITOL

As one of the largest grassroots anti-tax organizations in the nation, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association relies on the support of our Members, which allows us to influence legislation and protect taxpayers. Please use "Contact Your Representative" to the right of this page to urge your representative to support taxpayers when voting on the following important bills.

NOTE TO HJTA MEMBERS: For an updated status on any of these bills, please go to http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html and type in the bill number in the space provided. For questions regarding a position on a bill, please contact HJTA Legislative Director David Wolfe at david@hjta.org.

HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatus
OpposeACA 3Local government financing: public safety services: voter approval.Assembly Local Government
Lowers the two-thirds threshold for bonds and special taxes to fund various infrastructure projects. A direct violation of Proposition 13

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Campos

OpposeACA 6Initiatives: constitutional amendments: voter approval.In Assembly
ACA 6 would increase the vote threshold to approve a constitutional amendment from a majority vote to 55 percent, while also allowing for the repeal of a previously approved constitutional amendment by a majority vote of the electorate. This establishes an unfair double standard which would make it extraordinarily difficult for anything but well-funded measures to pass.

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Mike Gatto

OpposeACA 8Local government financing: voter approval.In Senate
Lowers the two-thirds threshold for bonds to fund various infrastructure projects including streets, roads, sewers, and the furnishing of buildings. Represents a direct attack on Proposition 13

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Blumenfield

OpposeSB 782Sexual assault treatment and prevention: sexually oriented business tax.Senate Governance and Finance
Places a $10 tax on every individual entering an adult entertainment establishment

Author(s) & Committee(s):
De Saulnier

OpposeSCA 4Local government transportation projects: special taxes: voter approval.Senate Rules
Lowers the two-thirds vote threshold for special taxes to approve transportation projects to 55%. Represents a direct attack on Proposition 13

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Carol Liu

OpposeSCA 6 Initiative measures: funding source.Senate Appropriations
Any initiative measure with a cost of over $5 million must be offset by either tax increases or spending cuts. HJTA opposes because this could made it harder for taxpayer friendly measures to qualify for the ballot

Author(s) and Committee(s):

  • De Saulnier
OpposeSCA 7Local government financing: public libraries: voter approval.Senate Rules
Lowers the two-thirds threshold for both local bonds and special taxes from two-thirds to 55% to fund library projects. Represents a direct attack on Proposition 13

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Wolk

OpposeSCA 8Transportation projects: special taxes: voter ApprovalSenate Rules
Lowers the two-thirds vote threshold for special taxes to approve transportation projects to 55%. Represents a direct attack on Proposition 13

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Corbett

OpposeSCA 9Local government: economic development: special taxes: voter approval.Senate Rules
Lowers the two-thirds vote threshold for special taxes to approve economic development projects to 55%. Represents a direct attack on Proposition 13

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Corbett

OpposeSCA 11Local government: special taxes: voter approval.Senate Rules
Lowers the two-thirds vote threshold to approve special taxes for any purpose to 55%. Represents a direct attack on Proposition 13

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Hancock