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Are California’s schools really ‘starving’ for revenue?

By Jon Coupal | Whenever you see politicians and special interests throwing statistics around like the cafeteria food in “Animal House,” it’s a better-than-even bet that they’re distorting their respective claims about how we fund schools in California. Here are … Continue reading

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Pensions are being filled ahead of potholes

Pension costs make California agencies ‘do less with more,’ says Berkeley professor’s study Local government agencies in California are offering fewer services and reducing employees numbers because of rising pension costs. Median pension costs for local governments in California rose … Continue reading

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California’s surplus is how much?

By Jon Coupal | During a recent meeting with allied organizations concerned about California’s high taxes, the question on everyone’s mind was: why do our political adversaries continue to push for even more taxes given that the state has a … Continue reading

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Democrats get SLAPP’d for First Amendment violation

By Jon Coupal | Democrats pay lip service to the First Amendment and claim to encourage political engagement but, in reality, their desire is to silence all views but their own. Last week, a Court of Appeal made them pay … Continue reading

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San Francisco trial court ruling a temporary setback for Prop. 13

By Jon Coupal | Recently, a San Francisco judge upheld the validity of a local special tax that failed to secure a two-thirds vote of the city electorate as required both by Proposition 13 (1978) and Proposition 218 (1996), also … Continue reading

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Vacancy taxes: California’s latest crazy idea

By Jon Coupal | This column has frequently recounted how ideas coming from California’s progressive politicians are not just destructive, but also how most result in outcomes diametrically opposite of what the left actually thinks they will have. Examples of … Continue reading

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California’s budget process has devolved into a bad joke

By Jon Coupal | Let’s face it. California’s budget process has devolved into a bad joke. The record amount of spending coupled with massive expenditures for wasteful, pork-barrel projects is bad enough. But the more insidious problem is the lack … Continue reading

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Healthcare tax for citizens, free healthcare for noncitizens

By Jon Coupal | If there was any question whatsoever as to whether California has gone completely off the rails, proposals in the new state budget should remove all doubt. Perhaps the most egregious of these involve changes in state … Continue reading

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Measure EE failure could be a turning of tax tide

By Jon Coupal | Against formidable odds, taxpayers scored a significant victory last week against big progressive interests. Measure EE, sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District, would have imposed a $500 million dollar annual property tax on all … Continue reading

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda from the City’s website, please click here. The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . … Continue reading

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