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California: Time for a major change in course

By Lewis K. Uhler and Jon Coupal | Governor Brown, California Attorney General Becerra, legislative and other government officials are fixated on battling the new administration in Washington with almost total disregard for California’s major problems and unmet needs. Failure … Continue reading

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Taxes, fees, charges and assessments: What difference does it make?

By Jon Coupal | What’s the difference between a tax and fee? There is no easy answer and the political class likes it that way. In fact, they would prefer that the public remain confused to the point of apathy. … Continue reading

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A king’s ransom for ‘public servants’?

By Jon Coupal | Once upon a time we called them “public servants.” Today, most taxpayers struggle to keep a straight face when this term is used to describe the well-paid, elite who govern us. In a state where the … Continue reading

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Hospitals inflict pain on taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | In 2012, those of us who opposed Proposition 30 were told that the measure, which was the largest state tax hike in American history, was just a “temporary” fix to address the emergency of a severe … Continue reading

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Jarvis Jesters in Orange County: Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva

By Jon Coupal | It’s late October and that means there are a lot of people out there wearing masks. But this isn’t about Halloween. This is about all the fake taxpayer interests – organizations and candidates – who are trying to … Continue reading

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Legislators tell tales, but grades don’t lie

[Editor’s Note: Fullerton’s Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva received a grade of D from HJTA. Our state Senator Bob Huff received a B.] By Jon Coupal | Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual leader of the United States Senate for 24 years, often chided … Continue reading

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Greater transparency on threat to property owners

By Jon Coupal | Legislation just signed by Gov. Brown may help alert homeowners to the threat posed by per parcel property taxes. Parcel taxes have become one of the most insidious threats to home ownership because they can be … Continue reading

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California’s Attorney General blocks real initiative reform

By Jon Coupal | Just last month, this column noted that the professional political class harbors great hostility toward the tools of direct democracy — the powers of initiative, referendum and recall. These are effective tools to control an indolent … Continue reading

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Lawmakers think rules don’t apply to them

By Jon Coupal | No one would dispute that California’s diversity extends to the wide political gulf between conservative Californians and those who see themselves as liberal. From strong Tea Party interests in the more rural areas to the “Occupiers” … Continue reading

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To be well-informed, ignore political ads

By Jon Coupal | Ah, August. For so many, that means vacation when normally hard working Californians will be visiting theme parks, going camping or maybe just relaxing in the back yard. But this is also an election year and … Continue reading

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