HJTA’s 2018 scorecard identifies taxpayer allies, foes

Report CardIn 2018, perhaps scared off by the specter of an upcoming election and the recall of state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, the California Legislature approved no new taxes for only the second time in the last six years. This was a radical departure from a year earlier, when three new taxes were approved.

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However, that’s not to say that the Legislature didn’t try. New taxes on a host of items, including guns, fireworks, water and a sales tax on services were introduced without success. Next year, with tax-and-spend politicians holding a commanding two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature, the pressure to cave on new taxes will be even greater.

Considering what the future may hold, it is easy for taxpayers to question whether legislators will ever be held accountable. However, a useful tool to assist taxpayers is the annual legislative Report Card published by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Introduced back in 2007, the purpose of the report card is to document how lawmakers have voted on those issues most important to taxpayers.

Lawmakers tend to hide behind statements, sometimes of questionable truth, to justify their votes. The report card sets aside motives, back-room deal negotiations and party affiliations to focus on the one question that matters: did legislators stand up for the interests of taxpayers? While politicians may waver in their allegiance, the numbers don’t lie.

To read the entire column, please click here.


  1. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    …..”To read the entire column, please click here. ”
    “Oh ! I know ! The HJTA website should have it ! —– NOPE !
    WELL DONE !!!

  2. This one is a bit like the now sleeping in the closet, Foothills Fire Tax. A lot of smoke but no way to actually see where the fire is. So why would the author link to something that isn’t there, (without a subscription, that is)?
    All smoke and no fire, that’s why.
    By the way. Where is the refund for the Fire Tax we were forced to pay? And what happened to all the fire from the HJTA’s legal team?

  3. Would the typical rank-and-file voter ever read anything like the annual legislative Report Card? I think not, after their approval of proposition six.

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