Category Archives: Taxes

Bonds are a risky way to deal with pension woes

By Jon Coupal | Recently, this column exposed the foolishness of two proposed statewide bond measures: A $15 billion school bond, which will be on the March 3 ballot, as well as a “climate resiliency” bond. Both are horribly flawed … Continue reading

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It’s just more of the same in California state budget proposal

By Jon Coupal | With all the breaking national news, many taxpayers have little bandwidth in their attention span to focus on the state budget. Moreover, the state budget process can be indecipherable even for political insiders. But taxpayers should … Continue reading

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Foolish California bonds put taxpayers at risk

By Jon Coupal | If you had just won the lottery, would that be a good time to go further into debt or would it be smarter to pay down the debt you already have? Most Californians would like very … Continue reading

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More Californians ponder leaving

By Jon Coupal | In the ‘80s, a punk rock band, The Clash, had a catchy little hit entitled, “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” As Californians start a new decade, many are asking themselves the same thing. For … Continue reading

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In California, more laws mean less freedom

By Jon Coupal | Progressives in California, more than elsewhere, forget the history and inspiration behind the founding of the United States. Our very system of government – with divided powers among the three branches of government – reflects an … Continue reading

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Paid your taxes on April 15th? Take a breath — more may be on the way

By Loren Kaye | April 15 was Tax Day, so now you’re probably breathing a sigh of relief. Just don’t get too relaxed. More than $15 billion in tax increases – mostly aimed at business taxpayers – await hearings and … Continue reading

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No, California’s finances are not back in the black

By Patrick Gleason, Forbes | It’s happening again. People who should know better are pointing to California’s current budget surplus as proof that the state, the world’s fifth largest economy, is in sound financial shape. That figure is also being … Continue reading

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How California’s newly created tax agency could bankrupt small businesses across the country

By Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator | Those of us who live in California are used to the state’s aggressive tax-collection policies. Despite record-setting budgets, the state never has enough revenue to fund all the programs it wants to create … Continue reading

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More than $6.2 billion a year in higher taxes and fees introduced by state lawmakers

As of the deadline for introducing legislation, California lawmakers proposed more than $6.2 billion a year in higher taxes and fees, the nonpartisan California Tax Foundation reported today. This figure will grow substantially as fiscal estimates are prepared for recently … Continue reading

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Most say they’re taxed more than their fair share

More Americans than ever think they are overtaxed despite last year’s tax cuts and tax reform. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults believe they are paying more than their fair share … Continue reading

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