Category Archives: Taxes

Not the time to gut Proposition 13 and raise taxes

By Jon Coupal | Under California law, proposed initiatives must be presented to the California Legislature in an “informational hearing” open to the public. Legislators do not vote on the proposals because these are initiatives that have already qualified for … Continue reading

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The Heroes Act just rewards bad behavior and poor governance

By Jon Coupal | “That which gets rewarded, gets repeated” is a principle equally applicable in business management, dog training and public policy. As to the latter, when politicians and bureaucrats are rewarded with more money after wasting the taxpayer … Continue reading

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Will the coronavirus pandemic lead to tax increases?

By Jon Coupal | In January, Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 which envisioned a several billion dollar increase in spending for existing programs as well as a host of new programs. But that was … Continue reading

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Standing for taxpayers and direct democracy

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

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Pension bomb fuse just got shorter

By Jon Coupal | Homeowners have enough to worry about in the current coronavirus crisis. They face an April 10 deadline for the second installment of their annual property tax bill and there is no relief — yet — coming … Continue reading

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Atlas is shrugging

By Stephen Moore “Government help to business is just as disastrous as government persecution. … The only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.” — Ayn Rand Congress has just approved … Continue reading

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Pressure mounts for property tax relief

By Jon Coupal | From many corners, California politicians and tax officials are under increasing pressure to extend the current April 10 deadline for paying property tax bills. The request is not unreasonable and there are many ways that government … Continue reading

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Protecting taxpayers in a time of crisis

By Jon Coupal | The word “unprecedented” is fitting for the coronavirus crisis that is now savaging both the health of countless Americans as well as our nation’s economy. | Not since September 11th has the United States faced such … Continue reading

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Money can’t buy love, or elections

By Jon Coupal | Of the many conclusions that can be drawn from the March primary election in California, perhaps the most notable is that money doesn’t always translate into political success. Let’s start with the “bad” Proposition 13 — … Continue reading

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COVID 19 will eventually end — our pension problem will not

By David Crane | In addition to its regular pension spending, the State of California is providing an extra $12 billion over a four-year period to boost the assets of the state’s two pension funds (CalPERS and CalSTRS) in an … Continue reading

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