In recognition of her advocacy on behalf of California taxpayers, Senator Janet Nguyen is proud to announce that the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) has given her an "A" rating on their 2017 Legislative Report Card. The HJTA Legislative Report Card is an annual rating card that measures how State Legislators voted on taxpayer-related issues, such as bills affecting tax increases and Proposition 13.
“As a taxpayer advocate and steward for public dollars, I believe the State Legislature needs to focus on spending within our means, not taxing hardworking Californians,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “Creating an environment where the residents of the Thirty-Fourth District can thrive has been one of my priorities and I will continue to work hard to protect them from harmful legislation that negatively impacts their wallets and to ensure that they can keep more of their hard earned dollars to help their families.”
The 2017 HJTA Legislative Report Card was based on votes involving 22 bills during the past legislative session. The HJTA was founded by Howard and Estelle Jarvis and is dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers’ rights, including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
In addition to her votes to keep taxes low, in 2017, Senator Nguyen and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 15 (SCA15), an important piece of legislation that seeks to preserve taxpayer protections. With this goal in mind SCA 15 would ensure that tax increases placed on the ballot, through the initiative process, must be approved by a two-thirds majority rather than a simple majority. Ensuring that the threshold to raise taxes remains at 2/3rds would ensure that Proposition 218, also known as the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, is applied as intended by California voters. SCA 15 is expected to be heard in committee in January 2018 and if approved would be placed on the June 2018 statewide ballot.
To learn more about the HJTA 2017 Legislative Report Card please visit: https://www.hjta.org/