LAUSD’s punishing parcel tax proposal

By Jon Coupal
America’s most dysfunctional school district has stepped in it again. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), apparently coming to the shocking realization that there was no way they could pay for the horrible deal they just cut with the unions, has hurriedly placed on the ballot for June a new property tax that leaves...

TAGS: HJTA, Jon Coupal, LA County, LAUSD, pensions, teachers, UTLA

Funding Pensions for Unionized Government Workers – It's Never Enough

By Jon Coupal
Editor’s Note:  Here’s another government pension horror story coming from Chicago. If you think it can’t happen here, think again. California’s political system, state and local, is just as dominated by government unions as Illinois. At least in Illinois, Governor Rauner is using every legal and political weapon he can possibly muster to fight these unions....

TAGS: HJTA, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Prop. 13

Government Unions Move to Extend "Temporary" Income Tax Increases

By Jon Coupal
A coalition of government employee unions has filed an initiative that would extend the temporary income tax hikes that were contained in Proposition 30 and approved by voters in 2012. If this seems like, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “déjà vu all over again,” it’s not your imagination. This is just the tax...

TAGS: California tax increases, government unions, HJTA, Jon Coupal, public employee unions, tax increases

California's Government Union Quandary – Support More Taxes Yet Claim Budget "Surpluses"

By Jon Coupal
Californians know them well. They are the Proposition 13 “blamers.” They blame Proposition 13 for everything they see or even imagine as negative in the state of California. Some years ago, a newspaper editorial asked if Proposition 13 was responsible for a measles epidemic saying it may have limited the availability of vaccine. A national...

TAGS: HJTA, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Proposition 13

Unions Continue Attack Prop. 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act

By Jon Coupal
At the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), we have seen Proposition 13 blamed for just about everything. A national publication blamed the tax limiting measure for the not guilty verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, while a high school physical education coach wrote in a community paper that the loss of shots by his...

TAGS: HJTA, Jon Coupal, Proposition 13

Unions Back Unelectable Republican to Draw Votes from Reform Democrat

By Jon Coupal
Last November’s election saw some of the most craven political tactics ever seen in California.  Fearful that they would lose the two thirds supermajority in both houses, many anti-taxpayer candidates – usually Democrats – attempted to portray themselves as friendly to taxpayers and in favor of Proposition 13 when, in fact, the exact opposite was...

TAGS: HJTA, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, José Solorio, Proposition 13, Steve Glazer

Prop. 13 Narrowly Survives Another Legislative Session

By Jon Coupal
Two years ago, when 2013-14 legislative session began, things looked very dark for California homeowners. Democrats, many hostile to Proposition 13, 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. Others were a...

TAGS: HJTA, Jon Coupal, Prop. 13, property taxes

Californians Still Believe in Proposition 13 Taxpayer Protections

By Jon Coupal
A statewide survey commissioned by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association shows Californians continue to support Proposition 13 and the two-thirds vote requirement to boost taxes on property owners. By nearly two to one, voters agree that reducing the two-thirds vote to 55% to pass local bonds would place an unfair burden on owners of property....

TAGS: HJTA, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Proposition 13