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January 9, 2017
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From the President...
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR from CCTA!

Update re Measure J and the Fair Political Practices Commission Investigation into Alleged Illegal Campaign Activities

The Central Coast Taxpayers Association (CCTA) has a dedicated team checking over the hundreds and hundreds of documents received from the San Luis Obispo County Counsel due to a CCTA Public Records Request. This is a monumental effort; however, it makes interesting reading re Measure J, the countywide sales tax for transportation infrastructure.  As most of you know, Measure J was not passed by the voters of San Luis Obispo County. This effort is all part of the Fair Political Practices Commission investigation into the alleged illegal campaign activities of San Luis Obispo County, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) and the Yes on Measure J Committee.  At this point in time, it is unknown as to when the FPPC will produce its findings. Stay tuned!

Andrea Seastrand
President
Central Coast Taxpayers Association (CCTA)
president@ccta.news

Save the Date - 2017 Hero of the Taxpayer Award Reception
News from the Howard Jarvis Association re 2016 State Legislative Report Cards Oct 17, 2016 

The news is not good — majority of legislators flunk!

Sacramento, CA — HJTA has released its 2016 State Legislative Report Card grading lawmakers on their votes on issues important to taxpayers. The Report Card is a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable. Of the 120 members of the Legislature, 76 received a grade of “F” while 27 earned an “A” grade. Votes on 22 bills were used to score legislators. These reflect a range of policy issues including new tax and regulatory burdens, and positive proposals that include bills that clarify the parcel tax exemption process for seniors and create additional campaign finance transparency.“

It is sad to see these declining scores in an election year,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal. “It appears some lawmakers, in their quest for campaign cash, were willing to put powerful special interests before the interests of average taxpayers. We hope taxpayers will review this scorecard carefully before making their decisions at the ballot box.” 

Seven lawmakers received a perfect score. For Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, it was their second consecutive 100 percent. The full list includes: State Senator Ted Gaines State Senator Jim Nielsen Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes Assemblywoman Shannon Grove Assemblyman Matt Harper Assemblyman Jay Obernolte Assemblyman Don Wagner 

To review the Report Card in its entirety and to see how individual representatives scored, please click here.  For more information about our methodology and scoring system go to http://hjta.org/ or e-mail Legislative Director David Wolfe at: david@hjta.org
 

From the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to Governor Jerry Brown, State Senator William Monning and State Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham...

For more that 38 years, Proposition 13 has protected the security of home ownership and saved California taxpayers more than 528 billion dollars.  

The vast majority of California taxpayers want to protect Proposition 13 and keep it intact and stated that fact again by overwhelmingly passing Proposition 218 in 1996, rejecting the anti-Proposition 13 statewide parcel tax in 2006, and passing Proposition 26 in 2010 to close a loophole used to dodge Proposition 13.  

Bills introduced in the new legislative session, if adopted, could weaken key Proposition 13 taxpayer protections, like the two-thirds majority protection and the 1% cap, and even return California in annual property assessments and tax hikes.

Voters and Members of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), must petition our elected representatives to protect Proposition 13 by supporting the HJTA's efforts to protect taxpayers from legislative action that threatens the letter, spirit or intent of Proposition 13.  For more info, go to hjta.org 
Patterson-AB 65: Stop $19.5 Billion in Highway Repair Funds from Paying Off High Speed Rail Debt
By Stephen Frank on Dec 14, 2016 08:13 pm

The only way the $200 billion will be found to build the choo choo to nowhere is to steal it.  Thanks to Assemblyman Jim Patterson, he found one area where close to $20 billion could be stolen and the public would not notice. “Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) authored AB 65 to ensure taxes and fees […] CLICK ON CARTOON TO READ MORE

 

Mapping The $100,000+ California Public Employee Pensions At CalPERS Costing Taxpayers $3.0B                                 http://Mapping The $100,000+ California Public Employee Pensions At CalPERS Costing Taxpayers $3.0B

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