News release: Is the League of California Cities Using Taxpayer Money to Advocate Against Their Voters’ Interests? – Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act

News release: Is the League of California Cities Using Taxpayer Money to Advocate Against Their Voters’ Interests?

SACRAMENTO, CA – Continuing with their long history of advocating against taxpayer interests, the League of California Cities is holding a political rally against the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act that coincides with its City Leaders Summit in Sacramento. The rally is advertised in the official agenda for the Summit. That raises a critical question: will the elected officials attending the rally reimburse the cost of their travel to Sacramento if it is paid for by the cities they represent?

“Taxpayers traditionally foot the bill for the League of California Cities’ members to travel to events like the City Leaders Summit. Now, in a stunning slap in the face to the people they represent, these same politicians are holding a rally to support an attack on taxpayers,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act campaign will be monitoring closely now, and in the next several months, the use of taxpayer funds for political advocacy to ensure no laws are violated. Taxpayer funds should never be used for political purposes—especially when it is used to advocate against the interests of its voters.” 

The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act would allow voters, not politicians, to approve or deny all state and local taxes. It also restores a long-standing provision that the League of California Cities previously supported that requires special local taxes to be approved with a 2/3 majority.