Category Archives: Jon Coupal

Gavin Newsom’s threat to localities is extortion by any other name

By Jon Coupal | Shortly after his inauguration, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would withhold funds designated for transportation from local governments that didn’t comply with his vision for affordable housing. His move could be characterized as either the … Continue reading

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What the state Supreme Court’s pension ruling means for California’s taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. CalPERS, a case involving public employee pensions. For taxpayers, the decision was a mixed bag. On the plus side, the court … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s time for California’s taxpayers to go on strike

By Jon Coupal | Around California, public school teachers are on strike seeking more pay, better benefits and less competition from charter schools. They are also demanding that the rest of us pay higher taxes. Indeed, as part of the … Continue reading

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Legitimate lawsuit or political posturing?

By Jon Coupal | The big news last week was the lawsuit filed by California and 15 other states challenging President Trump’s declaration of an emergency related to border security and the building of a physical barrier on the southern … Continue reading

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HJTA president Jon Coupal talks taxes on KABC radio

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, talked taxes last week with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Leeann Tweeden on KABC radio. To listen to the interview, click here for Part 1 (mp3 – 6 mins) and here for … Continue reading

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Please, Governor, don’t derail the bullet train derailment

By Jon Coupal | Even before California’s High Speed Rail bond proposal appeared on the ballot in November 2008, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association commissioned a study in conjunction with the Reason Foundation because of deep concerns about the project’s … Continue reading

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Defending direct democracy, defending taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | The powers of direct democracy — initiative, referendum and recall — are powerful tools to control slow-moving or corrupt politicians. These powers are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in … Continue reading

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HJTA again heads back to court on behalf of California taxpayers

Right of referendum is at stake The California Supreme Court has granted review of an important constitutional law case where Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association represents the taxpayers. In Wilde v. City of Dunsmuir the Court must decide whether local voters, … Continue reading

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Deflection as an art form: progressives complain about gas prices

By Jon Coupal | Only in California. Progressive policies in California have forced drivers to pay some of the highest gas prices in the nation. Now, a group of liberal legislators want the California attorney general to investigate why this … Continue reading

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Sacramento keeps on fooling us

By Jon Coupal | “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” so the saying goes. Unfortunately, California voters have been fooled (aka lied to) so many times by our political leaders that perhaps they have … Continue reading

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