SACRAMENTO - In its annual assessment of legislators’ votes during the past year, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association recognized Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) for his perfect record defending taxpayers and working against proposals to weaken key property tax protections put in place by voters through Proposition 13.
“You cannot go wrong siding with the taxpayers,” said Morrell. “California tops too many lists when it comes to high taxes and regulations. As legislators, we have a duty to foster an environment that grows the economy and gives Californians an opportunity to keep more of the money they earn. I am proud of my record and will continue working to protect taxpayers and upholding Proposition 13.”
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association 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.
Each year, the organization releases a Legislative Report Card, which scores legislators based on their votes on key bills that are of particular interest to California taxpayers. Sixteen bills were considered this year and included issues ranging from new tax and regulatory burdens to attacks on the initiative process that would make it more difficult for taxpayers to have their voices heard. Morrell is one of eight legislators to earn a perfect score.
“This legislative session, the majority party continued to push billions of dollars in new taxes. From gasoline to our health care, these taxes would hurt those who are already struggling financially,” continued Morrell. “Standing together, Republicans successfully stopped these bills and I am confident we will carry forward the same resolve into next year.”
In recent years, Morrell has worked with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to repeal the fire prevention fee assessed on property owners throughout the state. Morrell shares the organization’s belief that this fee is an illegal tax under Proposition 13. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is currently challenging the fee’s constitutionality through a class-action lawsuit pending in the courts.