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by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

When California voters Buy Zyprexa No Prescription, barely approved a $9.95 billion bond measure for High Speed Rail in 2008, they had no idea how soon they would learn the true meaning of the phrase “being railroaded.” As more about this project is revealed, the backlash from the public and political leadership is sure to grow.

For purposes of full disclosure, 500mg Zyprexa, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association ran the unsuccessful campaign against Prop 1A (not to be confused with 2009’s Prop 1A, an attempt to raise $16 billion in new taxes).  Our most potent weapon was a devastating study by the Reason Foundation which revealed that the proponents’ representations regarding costs, 100mg Zyprexa, fare price and profitability were pure fantasy. Zyprexa uk, But, from the start, we had an uphill battle convincing voters how poorly thought out this measure was, Zyprexa ebay. The California Legislature had already stacked the deck by providing such a biased title and summary for the measure that the issue of that deception is still the subject of litigation today. The deceptive ballot material, in addition to the campaign contributions from those who would profit from the project, was enough to ensure victory at the polls – albeit by a very small margin, Buy Zyprexa No Prescription. Zyprexa usa, Now our predictions have come true. A headline from the San Jose Mercury News last week reads “State High-speed Train Rides To Be Costlier, Ridership Lower Than Promised To Voters.” Describing the most recent “business plan” for the HSR, 250mg Zyprexa, reporter Mike Rosenberg writes:

“The average ticket on the bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles is now estimated to cost about $105, 20mg Zyprexa, or 83 percent of comparable airfare. Last year, the state said prices would be set at 50 percent of comparable airfare and predicted a ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles would cost $55.” This near doubling of the projected fare price will have a major impact on ridership: “As a result of the higher fares, Zyprexa overseas, state officials now think the service will attract 41 million annual riders by 2035, 50mg Zyprexa, down from last year's prediction of 55 million passengers by 2030.”

Although this revised plan calls into question the entire viability of the project, the news is bound to get a lot worse. In short, Zyprexa canada, even these revised figures by the Authority were born in dreamland. Buy Zyprexa No Prescription, Another fantasy: “The cost of the project — recently pegged at $33.6 billion in 2008 dollars — is now estimated at $42.6 billion in time-of-construction dollars.” Sure, that’s a projected increase of about $10 billion, which is jaw-dropping by itself. Zyprexa craiglist,  But the Reason study suggests the final costs will be more than twice the revised projection. Many who analyze the trend lines of these megaprojects think that, if it is ever built, 30mg Zyprexa, the cost will far exceed $100 billion. Zyprexa india, In a bit of poetic justice, another recent revelation will cause some hardcore backers of the project – environmentalists and urban activists – to suffer a case of buyers’ remorse. True, Zyprexa us, some environmentalists who took the time to actually analyze the project concluded that it would do more harm than good. But groups like the Sierra Club jumped on board without critical analysis, Buy Zyprexa No Prescription. 40mg Zyprexa, Like so many others, they applied a simple mindset: Cars, bad, Zyprexa paypal. Trains, Zyprexa australia, good.

But it turns out that, from an environmental perspective, 1000mg Zyprexa, this is not so simple. Zyprexa mexico, Recent studies by the University of California regarding the environment life-cycle assessment of various passenger transportation systems cast specific doubt on California’s high speed rail project. Buy Zyprexa No Prescription, In reporting on those studies, the Institute for Transportation Studies noted that “if high-speed rail draws only half the ridership it says it will attract, its environmental performance will be twice as bad per passenger mile traveled. And, if compared to typical aircraft travel in situations where 70 percent of rail passenger seats are filled, Zyprexa coupon, high-speed rail performs worse (the crossover occurs when high-speed rail achieves 65 percent of estimated ridership compared against current aircraft utilization rates at 70 percent).”

If building California’s High Speed Rail project results in millions of metric tons of carbon going into the atmosphere, Zyprexa japan, and its ridership is substantially less than needed to make the project viable – which is the current trend line – a legitimate question is whether HSR will inflict more damage to the environment than if it were never built.

The only good news is that it is still not too late to pull the plug on the entire HSR scheme. Legal authority exists to simply refuse to issue any more bonds or provide appropriations, 150mg Zyprexa. Better yet, 10mg Zyprexa, if the Legislature had the courage to do so, it would put the issue back before the voters and, instead of telling them a story of sugar plum fairies, 750mg Zyprexa, tell the truth about costs and environmental impact.

But the chances the California Legislature will do the right thing here are zero, Buy Zyprexa No Prescription. 200mg Zyprexa, There are too many moneyed interests, too many cows to be milked to give up on this lucrative project to expect that rational thought will win the day. Between the p.r. firms, the contractors and bond brokers, they will push this horrible project as aggressively as possible before the real truth is realized. By then, they hope it will be too late for California to reverse itself.  CRO

copyright 2010 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.


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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

Californians are tired Buy Toradol No Prescription, of hearing about government’s problems.  Because they are struggling with their own crises – including record high unemployment, Toradol australia, 750mg Toradol, foreclosures and taxes – the last thing they want is more bad news from government. But want it or not, 100mg Toradol, Toradol paypal, the bad news keeps coming.

After approving the largest tax increase in the history of all 50 states last February, 500mg Toradol, Toradol usa, the Sacramento politicians told us that the ship was righted and we were on course. When the state budget was back in the red just five months later, 200mg Toradol, Toradol us, we were told that the necessary corrections were made through spending cuts and we had avoided disaster. Now we learn that the state is upside-down by another $20 billion, and this will necessitate further program cuts, new taxes or both, Buy Toradol No Prescription. But compared to what is coming down the pike, 150mg Toradol, Toradol canada, this is the good news.

Just like the bulk of the iceberg that was struck by the Titanic – a ship with whose passengers many Californians now identify – was under the surface, 1000mg Toradol, 20mg Toradol, so too, we are finding that some of government’s most severe maladies have been hidden from view, Toradol mexico. Toradol uk, State Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and Treasurer Bill Lockyer are sounding the alarm that it is debt that may sink the ship of state. A quarter century ago, Toradol craiglist, 10mg Toradol, state treasurers like Tom Hayes were recommending a debt ratio of no more than 4%. Buy Toradol No Prescription, More recently Phil Angelides, the former treasurer who recommended bonds as a panacea for most that ails our state, said we could safely handle a debt ratio of 6%

The debt ratio is calculated by determining how much the state is obligated to pay out on existing debt as a percentage of the general fund. Since each new state bond that is approved – like those for stem cell research and bullet trains – and sold increases the annual obligation for debt retirement, Toradol coupon. 50mg Toradol, Put too many bonds on the market too quickly, or suffer a decrease in revenue due to a sour economy – and California has been subjected to both – and the debt ratio goes up, Toradol india. 250mg Toradol, Now Taylor and Lockyer warn that the ratio could go to 7 or even as high as 10%.

And although California already has the lowest credit rating of all 50 states, Toradol japan, Toradol overseas, the oblivious Legislature has placed an $11 billion water bond on the June ballot without considering the impact on just how this will impact California’s long term fiscal health. Because of our already huge debt, and the lack of confidence the financial community has in the Sacramento governing class, California debt instruments are no longer the sound investment they once were, Buy Toradol No Prescription.

All this means that, Toradol ebay, 30mg Toradol, although California can still sell bonds, like a consumer with bad credit, 40mg Toradol, that debt will be very expensive. But after selling $36 billion of debt this year, and struggling to find further takers, Treasurer Lockyer may begin seeking to sell bonds to overseas investors. “We are running out of tricks,” Lockyer told an Assembly hearing. “Shortly we are going to have to go international to sell California bonds. Buy Toradol No Prescription, I don’t know how expensive that is going to be.” California currently pays higher rates than Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico, the treasurer says.

What does this mean to the average citizen as a practical matter. Since constitutionally the state is required to meet its bond obligations before one dime can be spent from the general fund on other programs, a high debt ratio means less money for schools, law enforcement, transportation, healthcare or any of the other programs that most Californians value. It means that Californians will not only have to accept less from government but that there will be even greater pressure to raise taxes to pay for the services that remain.

Californians already pay some of the highest taxes in the nation and our state competes with New Jersey for the heaviest tax burden per capita. Higher taxes would drive even more jobs out of state and increase the number of people depending on dwindling state services. It’s not a pretty picture and, if during the holiday season, Californians would prefer not to dwell on the iceberg lurking under the surface, who can blame them? CRO

copyright 2010 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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Thursday, December 10th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

Buy Stromectol No Prescription, Last month, the Legislative Analyst Office predicted a budget shortfall for California's next fiscal year so large it shocked even seasoned observers.  The projected $20 billion shortfall is larger than the entire state budgets of all but a handful of other states. Stromectol coupon, The LAO also excoriated the continued use of budget gimmicks, including unrealistic assumptions of new revenue and accounting tricks employed to effectively borrow from future years.

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The inability of politicians to restrain their spending of taxpayer dollars is the direct result of the forceful application of political power. 30mg Stromectol,  And, in California, there are no greater political influences than the public employee unions, 40mg Stromectol.  Between the most powerful unions - reflected in the alphabet soup of acronyms CTA, Stromectol uk, SEIU, CCPOA & AFSCME - they are able to force the legislators whom they placed into power (many union leaders themselves) to maintain a high level of government largess. Buy Stromectol No Prescription,  Even liberal Democratic leader Bill Lockyer, now state Treasurer, publicly scolded a legislative committee saying they were incapable of reforms because of who put them in power.

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Public employee pensions, 150mg Stromectol, Greenhut explains, are fundamentally different from the retirement plans in the private sector.  Unlike 401(k) accounts, 200mg Stromectol, the public sector offers "defined benefit" retirement - meaning that the amount of the retirement benefit is guaranteed (by the taxpayers, 50mg Stromectol, of course) even if the retirement account itself is too small to cover the obligations.  Thus, we poor saps who may have a 401(k) or a modest IRA have the "privilege" of seeing our own retirement benefits shrink with the recession but, Stromectol japan, at the same time, Stromectol canada, must shell out larger amounts of taxpayer dollars to ensure that public employees are given their gold plated retirements. Buy Stromectol No Prescription, Greenhut also dedicates a full chapter to discussing our dysfunctional public education system.  While most Americans take public education as a given, Greenhut asks some pointed questions about our assumptions, 500mg Stromectol.  Why should we, Stromectol ebay, for example, hand society's most important function - the education of our children - over to a monolithic and monopolistic institution.  Indeed, Stromectol india, is it not because schools have no competition that is the source of much of the dysfunction. Stromectol us,  Why is it that private schools frequently educate our young more effectively and cheaper than the public schools.  Again, the resistance to any competition, meaning charter schools and especially against school vouchers, is driven not by the interests of the students, but by the interests of the powerful teachers unions, Buy Stromectol No Prescription.

In sum, Plunder! is a powerful indictment against the most corrupting influences on our political system, Stromectol usa.  The unions are expert at gaming this system and, 100mg Stromectol, unless those of us on the private side of the ledger wake up and realize the extent of these distortions, we will never be masters of our own fate.  Quoting Bess Myerson, Stromectol overseas, Greenhut states "the accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference."

To make a difference, 1000mg Stromectol, lovers of liberty ought not only to buy Greenhut's book, but buy several copies to distribute to friends and family.  To win the battle, we have to educate voters and Plunder! will not only educate, it will enrage.  And in this case, a little rage is a good thing. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

Last week the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association No RX Flexeril, sent the AB 32 Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee (EAAC) a letter spelling out the reasons why we believe that the state has no legal authority to impose a new AB 32 auction tax on California companies and consumers. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Governor have asked the EAAC to provide advice to CARB on how to spend up to $143 billion in new government revenue, 200mg Flexeril. Flexeril coupon, We thought it would be wise for the EAAC to consider whether CARB actually has the authority to raise this revenue in the first place.

The idea of an auction tax has long been promoted by environmental organizations and is being considered by CARB as a way to impose a California-only cap-and trade system that would ration conventional energy use as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under AB 32, Flexeril ebay, 150mg Flexeril, our state's Global Warming Solutions Act.

Beyond the fact that imposing a new $143 billion or more tax on California's already struggling companies would destroy thousands of jobs and force more employers to leave the state, 1000mg Flexeril, Flexeril uk, CARB has no legal authority to initiate a cap and trade auction, as the Legislature did not grant any such authority under AB 32, Flexeril us. Should lawmakers attempt to bestow this taxing power on CARB retroactively, it will require a two-thirds vote of both houses because imposing government costs through a cap and trade auction is clearly a tax, No RX Flexeril. 50mg Flexeril, While actual costs are unknown at this point, a draft report by CARB's Economic Advisory Committee has developed some estimates that indicate auctioning 100% of the allocations in a cap and trade program could cost up to $143 billion between 2012 and 2020, 100mg Flexeril. Flexeril australia, These costs would be imposed directly on the several hundred manufacturing companies that process food, materials and energy in California but, 40mg Flexeril, 10mg Flexeril, of course, would ultimately be borne by consumers, Flexeril paypal. Flexeril usa, How these tens of billions in new taxes would be spent has not yet been decided, but it would clearly be a $143 billion windfall to the same politicians who have made such a mess of the budget and the state's economy, Flexeril mexico. Flexeril india, And it doesn't stop there. No RX Flexeril, This $143 billion AB 32 auction tax is over and above the billions in additional costs from other AB 32 measures. For example, 250mg Flexeril, Flexeril canada, public utilities estimate that electric bills would go up 30% per month. Other studies show gasoline and diesel costs would increase $3.7 billion a year and new homes would cost $50, 20mg Flexeril, Flexeril japan, 000 more.

And what would we get for all this money, Flexeril craiglist. Flexeril overseas, A very expensive message to other states and nations not nearly as anxious to sacrifice their economies on the altar of environmental correctness. According to the Governor's own special assistant, 750mg Flexeril, 500mg Flexeril, AB 32 and California alone will have at best symbolic benefits but no measurable impact on global warming.

CARB's auction tax is simply one more attempt at separating taxpayers from their money without the legally-required voter approvals, 30mg Flexeril. CARB should run, not walk, away from this one. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

Buy Buspar Over The Counter, Each fall, the Legislature adjourns so lawmakers can return home and tell their constituents what a marvelous job they are doing. Many, 100mg Buspar, 1000mg Buspar, who are focused on reelection or higher office, will have to spin a really good yarn to convince voters that their performance merits more time in Sacramento, Buspar australia. Buspar ebay, A story of accomplishment will be a hard sell for those who approved $12.6 billion worth of new tax increases last February. That equates to a $1200 increase for a family of four at a time when they can least afford it, Buspar us. 150mg Buspar, The only "success" of the Legislature has been to reinforce California's reputation as having the worst tax and regulatory climates in America. The state's unemployment rate is now at 12.5 percent, and 3.7 million workers are either unemployed or underemployed, buy Buspar Over The Counter. That's a full 19% of the workforce who wants a full time job and doesn't have one, Buspar craiglist. Buspar uk, Of course income and sales tax revenue has declined drastically since the tax hikes, as legislators fail to understand that increased taxes will negatively impact consumer behavior, Buspar india. Buspar overseas, Because of that and other unrealistic revenue assumptions, California is now facing a $21 billion deficit over the next two years, 50mg Buspar. 500mg Buspar, Further compounding their culpability, most Sacramento politicians chose to ignore the clear lesson of the 1991 tax increases, Buspar paypal, Buspar usa, which produced less revenue for the following two years. Buy Buspar Over The Counter, A recent poll shows that voters sense that lawmakers are failing them. The Field Poll found that only 13 percent of the state's registered voters approve of the Legislature's performance, 40mg Buspar, Buspar mexico, the lowest rating since the survey group started measuring opinions of that institution in 1983.

Excuses like, 10mg Buspar, Buspar canada, "it's the national economy" won't wash. California has become a laughingstock and the national poster child for government mismanagement, 200mg Buspar. 250mg Buspar, However, there are a few lawmakers who will legitimately be able to claim "it was the other guys" who got us into this mess, Buspar japan.

To sort out who are the malefactors and who are good stewards of the voters' confidence, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association tracks the votes of all lawmakers on taxpayer related measures and issues its annual HJTA Legislative Report Card, buy Buspar Over The Counter. 750mg Buspar, For the 2009 session, 35 bills were used to evaluate and grade voting records and over half of lawmakers are failing, 20mg Buspar. 30mg Buspar, Out of 120 members of the Legislature, 73 received a grade of "F" for 2009, Buspar coupon. On the other end of the spectrum, 29 received a grade of "A." Only two, Assembly Members Joel Anderson and Diane Harkey, received perfect scores.

Lawmakers have to work very hard to fail. Buy Buspar Over The Counter, Voting for taxpayers' interests just over 30 percent of the time earns a better grade. Sadly, many of these politicians are so dedicated to picking taxpayers' pockets that they have no shame. Some may actually regard their "Fs" as a badge of honor.

The Legislative Report Card is designed to help Californians gauge how their own state representatives are actually performing based on what they have done, not on what they say, and to hold them accountable.


copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.


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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

When the Cheshire Cat told Alice Buy Ampicillin Over The Counter, , "We're all mad here," he could have been expressing how two of California's most prominent officials view voters. 500mg Ampicillin, In a recent San Francisco speech, Gov, Ampicillin usa. 20mg Ampicillin, Arnold Schwarzenegger told a group of educators that the term limits law -- Proposition 140 approved by voters in 1990 -- was "crazy."

Voters knew exactly what they were doing when they approved term limits. They wanted to put an end to having an imperial state government dominated for decades by the same handful of legislative leaders who had been elected by a fraction of California voters, Ampicillin coupon. 750mg Ampicillin, They wanted to change a system in which the status of its leaders more closely resembled a monarchy than a representative democracy.

However, our governor, who swept into office promising to "blow up the boxes" and reform Sacramento, allowed himself to become co-opted by the system, especially after losing his reform agenda at the polls in 2005, buy Ampicillin Over The Counter. Further eschewing his populist mandate, 10mg Ampicillin, Ampicillin overseas, last year he endorsed Proposition 93, term limits "reform" that would have "grandfathered" a handful of newfound powerful friends allowing them to serve an addition term, Ampicillin paypal. 30mg Ampicillin, Again, the voters showed they were serious about limiting a politician's time in office by voting "no."

Still, Ampicillin uk, Ampicillin mexico, this expression of disrespect for the voters by a lame duck governor, who has become known for saying one thing and doing another, Ampicillin craiglist, 200mg Ampicillin, while flitting from one issue to the next, is of small consequence, Ampicillin ebay. Ampicillin canada, More unsettling is the disdain for the voters' judgment shown by our sitting California Chief Justice Ron George. Recently, 1000mg Ampicillin, Ampicillin australia, George traveled to Massachusetts to tell the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that the initiative process is responsible for California's "dysfunctional state government." He warned of the "dangers of direct democracy" and said "California's lawmakers, and the state itself, Ampicillin us, 100mg Ampicillin, have been placed in a fiscal straitjacket by a steep two-thirds vote imposed at the ballot box for raising taxes."

Although George misstated the law -- state taxes require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature and are not required to be placed on the ballot -- his hostility to this taxpayer protection provided by Proposition 13 is clear. Buy Ampicillin Over The Counter, Even more alarming is the timing of the justice's remarks because there is a case currently pending before the California Supreme Court involving the interpretation of the two-thirds vote requirement for state taxes under Proposition 13 (California Farm Bureau Federation v. State Water Resources Control Board), 150mg Ampicillin. 250mg Ampicillin, That case has been fully briefed and is currently awaiting oral argument. As a matter of course, Ampicillin india, 40mg Ampicillin, members of the judiciary rarely make public statements regarding cases before them that they have yet to resolve.

The initiative process was placed into our state constitution a hundred years ago so that the public could take action when lawmakers proved indolent, 50mg Ampicillin, Ampicillin japan, incompetent or corrupt. In the late 1970s, when people were losing their homes due to double-digit annual tax increases, and the Legislature refused to act, the voters used the power of the initiative to qualify Proposition 13 to limit annual increases in property taxes, buy Ampicillin Over The Counter. To prevent lawmakers from arbitrarily using other means to reach into taxpayers' pockets, the measure required a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve state tax hikes, a threshold that was achieved in 1991 and in February of this year.

Without the initiative process, taxpayers would be stripped naked of protection and find themselves totally at the mercy of those in government who have shown themselves more concerned about their status and perks and rewarding their friends than in serving the public.

Those in government who question the citizens' wisdom in the use of the initiative process should take note. Voters are not crazy, but as Howard Jarvis would say, "We are mad as hell" and if we need to go back to the initiative to make corrections to state government, we will. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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Saturday, October 24th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

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Checking the bill is especially important for those who bought their homes within the last five years at the height of the market. 40mg Strattera, If the current home value is actually lower than the assessed value shown on the tax bill, the owner is entitled to file for a reduction in the taxes.

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This bears repeating: Because of the current decline in property values in California, Strattera ebay, many recent homebuyers are entitled to a reduction in their property tax bill to an amount even lower than their home's Proposition 13 adjusted base value. Strattera uk, Although the reduction is temporary -- taxes will go up again when the property regains value -- the savings are permanent. Where Can I Buy Strattera, If in doubt about the current value of your property, check sales of comparable homes in your neighborhood. If homes like yours are selling for less than the valuation on your latest bill, contact your county assessor and ask that the value and resulting tax be adjusted to reflect true current value, Strattera mexico.

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Voted Indebtedness is made up of those bonds and per parcel taxes approved by the voters. Strattera paypal, Local general obligation bonds for libraries, parks, police and fire facilities and other capital improvements are repaid exclusively by property owners, Strattera japan. Because a minority of the population is required to pay the entire amount, 150mg Strattera, the California Constitution of 1879 established the two-thirds vote for approval of these bonds. This assures a strong community consensus before obligating property owners to repay debt for 20 or 30 years, Where Can I Buy Strattera.

Until the year 2000, local school bonds also required a two-thirds vote, 200mg Strattera, but the passage of Proposition 39 -- backed by a small group of wealthy Silicon Valley businessmen -- lowered the vote to 55 percent. Strattera usa, Because the 55 percent requirement guarantees that most school bonds will pass, regardless of merit, many homeowners are seeing a significant increase in the Voted Indebtedness column on their tax bills, 30mg Strattera.

Less common than bonds are per parcel taxes. Strattera canada, These are taxes on property ownership, not on property value. Where Can I Buy Strattera, Under Proposition 13, they require a two-thirds vote and are also listed either under Voted Indebtedness if they are being imposed to repay bonds or under "Other Levies" if they are for operational expenses of a local government entity.

Direct Assessments

Ironically, 250mg Strattera, under the system in place for over a century, property taxes go into the general fund and are used for local services unrelated to property. For services to property, such as sidewalks and sewers, we pay extra. These charges are known as direct assessments.

Because of Proposition 218 -- the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, placed on the ballot by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in 1996 -- property owners must be given a meaningful say in approving new assessments. Before an assessment can be imposed, or increased, property owners must be informed in writing and be given the opportunity to cast a protest vote on the new assessment or assessment increase.

If you have a question about your property tax bill you should contact the office of your county assessor. It's your money and you have a right to be certain that your bill is correct. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

No RX Hgh, Last week, The Sacramento Bee published a three part series entitled "Going Broke." It was an earnest attempt by reporters Steve Wiegand and Phillip Reese to determine the genesis of California's financial crisis. But like so many other discussions about the demise of California's exceptionality, 20mg Hgh, 150mg Hgh, it began its review with the enactment of Proposition 13. While the series rightly placed blame for some of the problem on feverish spending by state politicians, 100mg Hgh, Hgh ebay, it is also important to clarify that the dysfunction in California's governance had begun long before Proposition 13's passage in 1978 and, indeed, 40mg Hgh, Hgh craiglist, the tax revolt was merely a response to the disease that had already overtaken the state.

The overwhelming support for Proposition 13 in 1978 was not the result of a highly persuasive political campaign, Hgh us. 250mg Hgh, Proposition 13 was swept into law by a popular movement of Californians who were sick and tired of huge annual property tax increases that threatened to put them out of their homes and businesses. Voters were also fed up with the Legislature effortlessly and frivolously raising taxes with a simple majority, No RX Hgh.

Let's consider where we would be if Proposition 13 had not protected taxpayers by making it more difficult for politicians to raise our taxes, Hgh usa. 1000mg Hgh, Would the hundreds of tax increase proposals introduced in the Capitol over the years have been passed. In addition to the $12.5 billion in tax increases the Legislature slapped us with this past February, Hgh uk, Hgh india, would more follow. What if the $40 billion in new tax hikes being pushed by one government employee union had been allowed to pass by a simple majority this year, Hgh japan. No RX Hgh, And what would life be like if Proposition 13 were not enacted to stabilize property taxes and revenues in California. 50mg Hgh, How many people would have lost their homes and businesses during the last real estate spike when property values quickly -- and artificially -- skyrocketed. Conversely, 30mg Hgh, Hgh australia, how much worse off would the state be if, during this real estate plunge, 10mg Hgh, Hgh canada, it could not count on base value property taxes ensured by Proposition 13.

State spending has long been out of control, 200mg Hgh, Hgh paypal, growing by $30 billion over the last 10 years alone. But decades of serious state budget shortfalls have not prompted politicians to rein in spending on any level, 500mg Hgh. 750mg Hgh, So let's be clear: Patient zero in the state's enduring budget plague has never been Proposition 13. The sickness has instead come from within the halls of the Capitol and must be eradicated if this great state is ever to recover and prosper again. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento., Hgh overseas. Hgh mexico. Hgh coupon.

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Friday, September 25th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

If insanity is defined No RX Norvasc, as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then the California Legislature is indeed an "institution" in more than one sense of the word. Any notion that, because of the recession and related budget crisis, 100mg Norvasc, the Legislature would finally "get it" and become fiscally prudent and transparent, Norvasc ebay, is dashed on the rocks of political reality.

For example, a fair amount of legislative effort this year was expended on bills that have been vetoed in previous years, 150mg Norvasc. Unless there has been a change in the Governor's office (or in his predisposition), Norvasc coupon, taxpayers can rightfully wonder why many of these bills are being advanced yet again. Of the numerous veto requests from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to Governor Schwarzenegger, at least six have been vetoed in previous years, Norvasc us.

Repetitive bills and meaningless bills -- think Blueberry Commission -- are bad enough, No RX Norvasc. But add to that the blatant disregard for transparency that permeates the end-of-session madness and you have a real problem. 30mg Norvasc, HJTA opposed three bills this year that were "gutted and amended" in the final week. This is a process whereby the entire contents of a bill is replaced and then jammed through the Legislature, often with little public scrutiny, 750mg Norvasc. In Capitol circles, Norvasc japan, these are called "mushroom bills" for their ability to grow in the dead of night. No RX Norvasc, Just one example of this is Senate Bill 83 by State Senator Loni Hancock which would authorize a "county transportation planning agency" by majority voter approval, to impose an annual fee of up to $10 per car to administer a program to manage traffic congestion and pollution. We oppose SB 83 because it purports to authorize special taxes that should require two-thirds voter approval under Proposition 13.

SB 83 was originally SB 205, 200mg Norvasc. This version of the bill was killed quietly in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 10mg Norvasc, Not content to let her bill die for the year, Senator Hancock moved the entire contents of SB 205 into SB 83 on September 4th, a week before the session ended, Norvasc australia. The bill then passed off the Assembly Floor on September 9th, the Senate on September 10th, and has now gone to the Governor, No RX Norvasc. There were no committee hearings on this bill, 40mg Norvasc, and no opportunity for public testimony. A process that would normally take months occurred in one week.

This is but one example demonstrating that, Norvasc india, while California continues its fiscal death spiral, 1000mg Norvasc, it is business as usual in the Legislature. And this institutional dysfunction has particularly disturbing consequences for taxpayers. No RX Norvasc, With this in mind, we briefly present our remaining Taxpayer Traps for 2009.

AB 267 by Assemblyman Tom Torlakson: Allows school districts to join together to form an 'Education Finance District, 250mg Norvasc,' making it easier to impose and increase parcel taxes. Norvasc craiglist, Parcel taxes avoid Proposition 13's one percent cap and are highly regressive. The owner of a mansion pays the same tax as someone living in a bungalow.

AB 286 by Assemblywoman Mary Salas: Extends the sunset date from January 1, Norvasc uk, 2010 to January 1, Norvasc mexico, 2018 allowing some counties to impose a $1-2 annual vehicle registration fee to fund programs that increase public safety funding. While this "fee" is already authorized by previous legislation, any extension of those fees should also require a two-thirds vote under provisions of Proposition 13, No RX Norvasc. Again, the vote is required because these are taxes and not true user fees which would otherwise exempt them from voter approval requirements, 500mg Norvasc.

SB 34 by State Senator Ellen Corbett: This bill would make it a criminal offense for initiative petition signature gatherers to be paid on a per signature basis. Norvasc usa, This bill is another example of the Legislature's obsessive hostility toward the initiative process. If the Legislature would like fewer initiatives, perhaps they should start doing their jobs, 20mg Norvasc. No RX Norvasc, In addition to being bad policy, we doubt the courts will allow this unwarranted attack on the initiative process to stand.

SB 406 by Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier: Allows a municipal planning organization or council of governments to adopt a resolution to impose a $1-2 VLF surcharge on vehicles registered within that jurisdiction to fund regional blueprint plan creation. Norvasc canada, Beyond assessing this VLF tax without any apparent vote of the people, the measure also violates Proposition 13 because there is absolutely no connection or nexus between vehicle fees and local land use planning. Thus, 50mg Norvasc, it cannot be termed a fee. Norvasc paypal, Since it is a tax for a special purpose, it should require a 2/3rds local voter approval.

The phrase "fiddling while Rome burned" has been used so many times to describe California's governance, Norvasc overseas, it has become its own cliché. But the Governor has a brief opportunity in the next several days to start to extinguish the fire by vetoing bad, anti-taxpayer legislation. We hope he does so.


copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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Friday, September 25th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

Discount Levaquin, Not long ago, a major California newspaper ran an editorial cartoon depicting pith-helmeted explorers peering through jungle growth at a crumbling temple where worshipers bow down before a stone alter on which is carved, "Prop. 13." One of the explorers is saying to the other, Levaquin usa, 40mg Levaquin, "I believe we've stumbled upon the origins of the demise of California's civilization."

At the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, founded by the principle author of Proposition 13, 30mg Levaquin, 100mg Levaquin, we are accustomed to seeing attacks running from dubious to frivolous on the landmark 1978 tax limitation initiative.

One of our favorites is the high school physical education instructor who wrote in a small weekly newspaper that Proposition 13 was responsible for the loss of school equipment, Levaquin craiglist. Levaquin australia, Seems that when his track-and-field students were putting the shot, they were losing the shots in the tall grass, 750mg Levaquin. Levaquin us, Proposition 13, the coach complained, Levaquin japan, Levaquin overseas, did not provide enough money to cut the grass.

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Conor Dougherty, Levaquin canada, 10mg Levaquin, a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has blogged on the paper's website questioning the fairness of Proposition 13, 150mg Levaquin. Levaquin mexico, As evidence of the inequities of Proposition 13 he relies on a foundation paid for a study by the Population Dynamics Research Group of USC. The complaint, Levaquin paypal. Discount Levaquin, Proposition 13 is creating a bigger generational wealth gap. Levaquin ebay, The argument goes like this. In a down housing market, 500mg Levaquin, Levaquin india, like we have today, recent home buyers pay taxes based on the higher value of the
home at the time of purchase and this is punitive, Levaquin coupon. 1000mg Levaquin, On the other hand, because of Proposition 13's cap on annual tax increases, 20mg Levaquin, Levaquin uk, longtime owners who in what over time has been a rising market are still paying on assessed value lower than the current market value and this is a benefit the new buyers do not enjoy.

Before the reader tries to calculate where this purported generational disparity rates on their personal outrage meter, 250mg Levaquin, let's make one thing clear: The argument is bogus.

Under Proposition 13, the recent buyer who bought at the top of the market is entitled to a tax reduction based on the loss of market value, Discount Levaquin. So the homeowner who paid $500,000 for a home three years ago, and has seen their property value decline to $350,000 is entitled to a tax cut. While it is the responsibility of the owner to apply to the county assessor for the reduction, many California assessors have been proactive and have automatically reduced the assessed value on their books - which reduces the tax obligation - of thousands of recently purchased homes.

When considering fairness it is worthwhile to review the system in place prior to Proposition 13 when California's residential property tax rate was nearly three times higher and there were no limits on annual increases. The inequities of the pre-Prop. Discount Levaquin, 13 tax system were glaringly evident as many longtime homeowners were forced from their homes due to massive annual property tax increases.

Proposition 13 provides security to homeowners, all homeowners, by capping property taxes at one percent of assessed value and limiting annual increases in assessed value to no more than two percent. This makes property taxes predictable and allows homeowners to budget for future tax increases.

Further, in 1978 the California Supreme Court recognized the fairness of Prop. 13 finding the tax system created by the measure was "roughly comparable" to the sales tax which is also based on acquisition value. If sales taxes can be based on acquisition value, why can't property taxes.

And in 1992, the United States Supreme Court sided with Proposition 13's fairness in the case of Nordlinger v. Hahn when the plaintiff claimed that the tax limitation measure violated "equal protection."

Because Proposition 13 has helped property owners manage taxes and hold on to their homes and businesses over the past 30 years, the
measure consistently enjoys strong support from California residents - young and old.

Those who are genuinely concerned about unequal treatment of generations should focus their wrath on the trillions of dollars of borrowing that the federal government has undertaken to fund the "stimulus." This is outright theft from multiple generations of Americans to come. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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