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California Commentary

Jon Coupal is President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the former Director of Legal Affairs for HJTA. A recognized expert in California fiscal affairs, he has argued many tax cases before the courts.

California Commentary

Amazing! Something Good from the California Legislature

The phone call was from a frightened older woman in the Central Valley. “I can’t afford to pay my property taxes and I may lose my home by the end of the year if nothing is done in Sacramento.”  Read more >>

Proposition 13 Survives Legislative Session

Two years ago things looked very dark for California homeowners. Democrats achieved a super-majority in both the Assembly and Senate. Many publicly expressed their hostility to the landmark property tax initiative and one even said he would like to “nuke” Prop 13.  Read more >>

Let Them Drive Teslas

Once again, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg has thumbed his nose at the working class and other Californians of modest means by blocking legislation that would have slightly delayed implementation of carbon emission fees charged to oil companies.  Read more >>

AG Blocks Real Initiative Reform

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 or corrupt legislature.  Read more >>

Lawmakers Don't Think Rules Apply to Them

There should be, if there isn’t already, a consensus that the rules that apply to voting and the electoral process should not be manipulated for political gain.  Read more >>