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By Eric Eisenhammer, HJTA Director of Grassroots Operations

With Proposition 13 facing attacks on multiple fronts, the time is now for all hands on deck in the fight for taxpayer rights.

We have placed a volunteer sign-up form on the HJTA website where you can sign up to help and let us know how you would like to be involved. Simply click here and follow the arrow to “Get involved” and tell us how you would like to help.

Tax-raisers and their special-interest allies have unprecedented power in Sacramento right now, and they are emboldened to double down on their wasteful spending and reach further into your pockets.

In fact, even though recent polling suggests Californians view the State Legislature’s performance as nothing short of an unmitigated disaster, the governor and Legislature recently received a four percent increase to their highest-in-the-nation, six-figure salaries.

Taxpayers can be heartened that many indicators, such as Los Angeles voters’ defeat of the proposed Measure EE $500 million tax hike, show that the public may no longer be willing to give politicians a blank check.

However, unlike the pro-tax side, we don’t have an army of paid activists to campaign on our behalf. We rely on grassroots taxpayers like you to support the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association — not only financially but also with your time and community activism.

Passing Prop. 13 over 40 years ago was achieved by grassroots taxpayer activism. Now, keeping Prop. 13 in place will rely just as much on the engagement of grassroots taxpayers in the defense of this crucial protection for California families.

Following the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked whether our newly founded nation would be a republic or a monarchy. Franklin famously responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Defending our rights has always depended on an engaged citizenry. Because of you, Prop. 13 remains as popular today as it was when it was passed, and with your help we will keep Prop. 13 protecting taxpayers far into the future.