The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fox and Hounds Daily Editors

(Editor’s Note: Traditionally on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we publish only one article to honor and remember Dr. King and what he stood for. Today we publish again some quotes from the writings and speeches of Dr. King.)

“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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Newsom’s First Budget Goes Easy on Taxes

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

In his recently-released state budget proposal, Governor Newsom made two important and supportive statements on California’s business and economic climate.

First, he reinforced the need for state fiscal stability. While enjoying the benefit of more than $20 billion in surplus revenues, he chose to direct most of the surplus either to bolstering the Rainy Day reserve, paying down debts, or spending on one-time programs or capital projects. In times of manifest economic uncertainty, the Governor’s prudent allocation of tax revenues will pay off during the inevitable downturn, minimizing the need to increase taxes or cut education or safety net spending.

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Are Water Rights Sufficient to Protect Water Users?

Mike Wade
Executive Director, California Farm Water Coalition

“The judiciary is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property under the Constitution,” said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes in Elimra, New York in 1907.

That quote exemplifies the reason that five irrigation districts on tributaries to the San Joaquin River as well as the city of San Francisco filed lawsuits recently against the State Water Resources Control Board. They are defending their water rights. 

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Are LAUSD Teachers Underpaid, or Does it Cost Too Much to Live in California?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

In California, public sector unions pretty much run the state government. Government unions collect and spend over $800 million per year in California. There is no special interest in California both willing and able to mount a sustained challenge to public sector union power. They simply have too much money, too many people on their payroll, too many politicians they can make or break, and too much support from a biased and naive media.

The teachers strike in Los Angeles Unified School District cannot be fully appreciated outside of this overall context: Public sector unions are the most powerful political actor in California, at the state level, in the counties and cities, and on most school boards, certainly including the Los Angeles Unified School District. With all this control and influence, have these unions created the conditions that feed their current grievances?

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Civil Rights Attorneys Sue over Greenhouse Gas Regs that Affect Housing

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

In what may signal the beginning of the end of alarmism over climate change, a group of civil rights activists is suing the California Air Resources Board. The issue is CARB’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by effectively limiting new housing construction. The lawsuit says this is driving up the cost of housing, worsening poverty and particularly victimizing minority communities.

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Doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposes to deal with the poverty issue in part by doubling the size of the Earned Income Tax Credit designed to put extra money in the pockets of low income workers.

It’s a good idea and a worthy goal if the funding needs of the proposal can be met. Newsom has a plan.

Just as lower income tax rates are an incentive to work and produce, an “earned income” tax credit also encourages work even if an individual’s current circumstances are on the lower end of the economic ladder.

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How Do We Judge the Judges?

Lars Trautman
Senior fellow of criminal justice and civil liberties policy with the R Street Institute.

Social justice and big data are both incredibly popular in California, yet you’d be hard pressed to find many examples of either in its criminal justice system. Lawmakers sought to remedy this paradox by replacing cash bail with pretrial risk assessments only to face unexpected pushback from some reformers. The measure, which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in August, has since been stalled by a bail bond industry-backed 2020 ballot referendum.

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SB 1300 Expands FEHA Litigation-Part II

Laura Curtis and Chris MIcheli
Laura Curtis is an attorney and Policy Advocate at the California Chamber of Commerce. Chris Micheli is an attorney and legislative advocate for the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Part II – Intent Language

In addition to the statutory changes described above, SB 1300 sets forth several statements of “legislative intent” about the application of FEHA in regard to harassment claims. The measure does so in Section One of the bill by adding Section 12923 to the Government Code that sets forth five statements “with regard to application of the laws about harassment contained in this part.”

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A Common Sense Public Safety Blueprint for Gov. Gavin Newsom

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

Governor Gavin Newsom enters office with a liberal resume and promises to fulfill a progressive agenda. But this doesn’t condemn the Governor to stumbling down the dangerous path that his predecessor carved out. This path is littered with a series of public safety experiments that former Gov. Jerry Brown championed and signed, including Props 47 and 57, AB109 and SBs 1437 and 1279. The cumulative result of these measures have severely eroded public safety by drastically reducing the consequences for criminally victimizing the residents of California.
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PG&E Bankruptcy Opens the Door for Municipal Utilities

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

PG&E’s bankruptcy declaration, liabilities, stock plunge, wrathful legislators, and possible criminal charges put the utility in a life and death situation. Many alternatives face lawmakers and regulators on how to work through the crisis for the company while at the same time attempting to spare ratepayers and to compensate, to the extent possible, victims of the Camp Fire. One alternative could be a growing move toward municipal owned utilities—an issue that PG&E has fought in the past.

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