Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association takes positions on issues of direct concern to taxpayers. We also may take positions on ballot measures that will impact the economy. Because initiatives (measures placed on the ballot through signature gathering) have, by law, been moved to the November ballot, HJTA will list most recommendations this fall.

The one statewide proposition that will appear on the June ballot is Proposition 50.

Proposition 50 was placed on the ballot by the Legislature following three corruption scandals in 2014. Should the measure pass, legislators who are suspended will no longer receive pay and benefits. However, Prop 50 also requires that a legislator can be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the legislative body, not a majority vote as under current law. Because the measure actually makes it more difficult to suspend a legislator, it only represents ‘fig leaf’ reform. As such HJTA-PAC cannot take a position on Proposition 50.