After forty years, government union propagandists still wrong about Prop. 13

By Jon Coupal
Forty years ago this month, California voters began the modern tax revolt movement that spread across America like wildfire. The idea that citizens could take back control from an overreaching government helped to propel Ronald Reagan to the presidency. Reagan, who had a close friendship with Howard Jarvis, took his message of limited government to...

TAGS: Proposition 13

Proposition 13 Is Safe — For Another Few Weeks

By Jon Coupal
The Legislature is in adjournment, and with lawmakers at home campaigning for reelection, they are unable to engage in their favorite pastime of undermining Proposition 13 and its protections for California taxpayers. However, this time out is only a brief respite from the Sacramento politicians’ inexorable pursuit of taxpayers’ wallets, the ferocity of which matches...

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Special Interests and 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 budget shortfall. But just as Milton Friedman noted that “nothing is so permanent as a temporary government measure,” here...

TAGS: Proposition 13, Proposition 30

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

Always Check for the Government Union Label

By Jon Coupal
Because of Proposition 13, the unions representing California’s government employees — employees that are the highest paid in all 50 states according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — have a huge stake in who is elected to the state Legislature. While most Californians are aware that Proposition 13 limits increases in property taxes —...

TAGS: government employee unions, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, 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