Posts tagged ‘Taxes’

December 28, 2012

Legislators make new push to gut Prop. 13

Dec. 27, 2012/By Katy Grimes



The final votes from the November election were not even counted before state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced a constitutional amendment to Proposition 13 to forever alter the landmark tax-revolt measure.

Let the debate begin.  Read on . . .

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December 26, 2012

New Tax for Californians?


by Stephen Frank on 12/25/2012 ·

My good friend Tom Elias is a liberal—but an honest one. He can call out a bad tax when he see’s it.  The “parcel tax” is a bad one.  Folks who do not own property—and are economic illiterates—think it is a free tax—a tax on someone else.  Of course, the landlord that pays a parcel tax passes it on to the tenants via higher rent.  The dolts who voted to have others pay higher taxes are the one’s harmed.

Now the Democrats want to make it easier to raise taxes—and harm even more people.

“Why are parcel taxes unfair? Because they have nothing to do with the value or use of any particular property. Parcel taxes almost always assess owners an identical sum for each property they possess. That means the tax on a small one- or two-bedroom cottage is identical to the levy on a luxury hotel or a large shopping mall. The owner of a 33,000 square foot mansion pays the same as the owner of a property one-twentieth as large.”

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November 28, 2012

World News – Grover Norquist We need revenue through growth, not taxes (video)

November 28, 2012

Enormous Ugly Fiscal Bill before end of year (video)

November 9, 2012

Super majorities give California Democrats power to tax

SACRAMENTO — The passage of Proposition 30 was not only a deeply personal triumph for Gov. Jerry Brown, who spent the last several weeks campaigning furiously for his tax-hike initiative. It was also a symbolic end to a 34-year period in California history, which began when the state’s voters stoked anti-tax prairie fires across the nation by passing Proposition 13.

But as Proposition 30 began to cruise toward victory late Tuesday night, Brown found himself the beneficiary of an unexpected gift: Democrats had likely captured a two-thirds majority of both chambers of the Legislature, at once turning the Republicans into an irrelevant minority.  More…

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August 15, 2012

Fletcher, Nestande Betray Their Pledge To The Voters Not To Raise Taxes

Jon Fleischman Posted by at 1:38 am on Aug 14, 2012

As if her job isn’t already hard enough, the task for Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway got a bit tougher yesterday.  You see she, along with her counterpart, State Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, are spending a lot of their time convincing potential donors that it if we want to stop tax increases in California, it is critical that enough Republicans occupy each chamber of the legislature to block the two-thirds vote threshold required to raise taxes under the State Constitution.  More… 

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July 28, 2012

Obamacare Taxes the Young! (video)

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July 25, 2012

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Prop. 13

The 2nd District Court of Appeal has agreed with attorneys representing the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 13 lacks merit.

Since his retirement, former UCLA Chancellor Charles Young has been busy filing lawsuits to try to overturn a critical taxpayer protection contained in Prop. 13: the two-thirds vote required of the Legislature to impose new taxes on Californians.  More…

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July 23, 2012

California Proposes Tax On Driving



GPS devices would record mileage and charge drivers accordingly

A California transportation agency recently proposed what could become the most unpopular tax of all time: A tax for simply driving your car.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission of San Francisco is behind the idea and has said that the tax would work by installing GPS units into cars to track the miles that they travel. The vehicle owners would then be charged accordingly, with low-income drivers exempted.


July 13, 2012

Millions in health care district deals involve firms with ties to officials

Concerns arise over conflicts of interest in taxpayer-funded agencies

A financial review of more than 20 health care districts in California found millions of dollars in transactions involving companies and nonprofits with ties to top district officials.  More…

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July 12, 2012

Jerry Brown Has to Prove He’s the Adult in Charge

The recent Field Poll showing Gov. Brown’s tax increase proposal ahead 54-38% fails to convey a critical underlying dynamic: the only way Brown is going to get his measure passed in November is to convince voters that there’s an adult in charge in Sacramento who’s going to spend their money wisely – or at least not blow it.  More…

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July 2, 2012

A Californian Sees the Writing on the Wall

Two-term Congressman Tom McClintock, an emerging leader of California’s conservative faction, holds an optimistic view about the upcoming national election — but he harbors troubling doubt regarding how victorious Republicans will respond. 

In a recent sit-down interview for American Thinker, I sought to obtain a follow-up report on the escalating dispute between House Republicans and the IRS over alleged harassment of Tea Party organizations and key leaders.  As reported in a post-interview blog, the dispute may move toward a formal hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee.   Read more:

June 26, 2012

The Establishment killed cig tax Prop. 29

The backers of the Proposition 29 cigarette tax increase finally snubbed out the butt of their vigil over the June 5 vote. It lost by just 28,000 votes.  More…

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June 25, 2012

South San Francisco ferry loaded with subsidies

The ferry Pisces leaves the Oyster Point Marina Ferry Terminal after the San Francisco Bay Ferry South San Francisco Inaugural Celebration on Monday, June 4, 2012 in South San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle / SF The ferry Pisces leaves the Oyster Point Marina Ferry Terminal after the San Francisco Bay Ferry South San Francisco Inaugural Celebration on Monday, June 4, 2012 in South San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle / SF

That new ferry line to South San Francisco opened to a lot of fanfare, offering rides to and from Oakland and Alameda in less than 55 minutes.

What’s not being talked about is that for every $14 round-trip ticket sold, the public will be kicking in a subsidy of nearly $100.

People who pay taxes and tolls will be picking up the bill for an armada of costs for the new ferry over the next 20 years. They include:  More…

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June 20, 2012

*Stop Special Interest Money Now Video*

June 19, 2012

GOP senators press IRS to keep nonprofit donors secret

Eleven Republican senators are pressing the Internal Revenue Service to keep secret the donor lists for nonprofit groups, including ones affiliated with the Tea Party.

A dozen GOP senators wrote a letter to the IRS in March questioning whether Tea Party-affiliated organized were being more closely scrutinized when applying for 501(c)(4) status, which is exempt from taxes. They said the IRS acknowledged requesting donor information from some 501(c)(4) applicants.  More…

June 18, 2012

New Proposal to Raise SIX Taxes on CA Businesses

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I see in the San Francisco Chronicle op-ed page our old tax-raising friends Lenny Goldberg and Roy Ulrich of the California Tax Reform Association are at it again promoting not one … not two … or even three tax increases — but six! Voters have expressed time and time again at the polls that they have little [More…]

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June 18, 2012

State promotes renewable energy at all costs

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The California Public Utilities Commission routinely rubber stamps renewable energy projects without discussion. But that was not the case this past Thursday, when Commissioner Michael Florio objected to a solar project that came before the state agency. It was part of a deal between San Diego Gas & Electric and Sol Orchard, a Carmel company, [More…]

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June 17, 2012


Is it the role of government to decide the energy market place?  With our money?  And, all results in higher energy costs and higher taxes, fewer cops and heavier debt.  More…

June 15, 2012

How Taxmageddon Will Impact You

“I’ve said that this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and I believe it,” President Obama told an Ohio crowd yesterday. Indeed it is—because in a sluggish economy, American taxpayers are about to be clobbered by the largest tax increase in history.  More…

June 15, 2012

Laffer: Flatten CA! A proposal to fix the state’s business-killing tax regime

California is in a Depression and it is getting worse.  Today the legislature will pass a “balanced budget” that is really tens of billions in deficit on July 1, 2012.

Munger, Brown and the unions want to raise taxes, on everybody (taxes affect wages, cost of food and services, etc—we all pay for a tax increases one way or the other).  More…

June 15, 2012

Beware of Phony Taxpayer organizations.

You will see groups like the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association or the National Tax Limitation Union endorsing and supporting candidates.

Then you have the frauds.  Mother Lode Taxpayers Association has no known members and three donors.  More…

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June 15, 2012

Critical public comments unwelcome at CARB?

I recently had the opportunity to attend a California Air Resources Board hearing on the agency’s plans to spend revenue from a proposed cap and trade auction.  This auction will cost Californians billions of dollars, but when citizens showed up at CARB to express their opposition, CARB Chairman Mary Nichols abruptly shut down public comments, announcing she was “disappointed” after she “invited” audience members to the hearing, they would have the audacity to criticize her plans.  More…

June 13, 2012

North Dakota Considers Eliminating Property Tax

BISMARCK, N.D. — Since Californians shrank their property taxes more than three decades ago by passing Proposition 13, people around the nation have echoed their dismay over such levies, putting forth plans to even them, simplify them, cap them, slash them. In an election here on Tuesday, residents of North Dakota will consider a measure that reaches far beyond any of that — one that abolishes the property tax entirely.   More…

June 13, 2012

‘Big three’ budget talks behind closed doors

SACRAMENTO — This is budget deadline week in California. Which explains why every known special interest group in the state is at the Capitol, protesting against the looming proposed spending cuts. Hundreds of home health workers lined the Capitol halls Monday, greeting everyone who passed, making sure that their signage was noticed.  More…