"We were very pleased to see the business community step up to the plate and work with the legislature, both Democrats and Republicans, to resolve this ambiguity," Mr. Coupal said. "What happened is public sector labor realized they didn't want half a loaf. They wanted the full split roll, so they blew up the deal."
"The notion of adopting a property tax change, which, No. 1, is a direct assault on Proposition 13, and, No. 2, [affects] every business in the state of California — that's World War III," said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.