Prop 13 Poll Question Not About Split Roll

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Advocates for a split roll property tax probably hailed the results of the Field Poll question about business property changing ownership. Trouble is, the question wasn’t about a split roll property tax in which all business property would be taxed differently from residential property. The question was about certain commercial property transfers of ownership. Here […]

Read more

On Tax Day, Taxpayer Advocates and their Adversaries are Thinking Ahead

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

On Tax Day 2014, California is creeping toward a point that the issue of taxation may once again be selected as the main concern for the state’s voters. That might seem an irrational statement when you consider that in the most recent Public Policy Institute poll, taxes as a concern were ranked sixth behind, in […]

Read more

Job Killer Scorecard

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The California Chamber of Commerce issued its annual list of job killer bills as the organization hopes to keep up a remarkable record of success in defeating bills harmful to jobs and the economy. Given a reputation that the state is a bad place to do business – a reputation that California legislators and the […]

Read more

Journalist Greg Lucas as State Librarian? Yes!

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

When Governor Jerry Brown nominated journalist Greg Lucas, as state librarian there was an immediate backlash from some in the library community. They charged that Lucas was unqualified for the job. However, in this corner, Brown’s nomination is an inspired choice. Lucas will bring uncommon insight and a fresh perspective to the job. Lucas served […]

Read more

Silicon Valley Needs Workers from CA

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

On Monday, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the cap for H-1B visas has been reached – in only one week’s time. The USCIS says a computer-generated process will randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 85,000 visas so skilled computer scientists from around the world can […]

Read more

E Pluribus Unum – But Not in California

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Identity politics continue to roil the state. The Sacramento Bee reported the motivation behind the death of a non-controversial bill in the legislature was payback against Asian American legislators who dropped their backing for SCA 5, a bill to restore affirmative action, after the Asian American community protested. The rejected bill had to do with […]

Read more

Californians Already Pay an Oil Severance Tax – to Other States

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

In promoting an oil severance tax in California, proponents often cite the fact that other oil producing states have such a tax. However, what is not often acknowledged is who pays that tax. It can be argued, as this article in Bloomberg Business Week does, that the tax in some of those oil severance tax states […]

Read more

Assembly Votes Against Free Competition in Delivering Public Services

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Public unions demonstrated once again their hold over the majority Democrats when the Assembly passed a resolution to oppose out-sourcing of public services. The position taken by the Assembly throws out the notion that the goal of government is to deliver services in the most effective way. A secondary goal is to be frugal with […]

Read more

Fallout from the Senate Scandals

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Senator Leland Yee is innocent until proven guilty, but in the court of public perception his high profile arrest will ripple through the political landscape like aftershocks from an earthquake. A few places where the fallout of the Yee affair as well as the indictment of Sen. Ron Calderon and the conviction of Sen. Rod […]

Read more

Political Scandal–Is it the Culture, Leadership or is that the Way it Always Was?

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

“Nowadays, people think ‘House of Cards” is a documentary.” John Pitney, Claremont McKenna College professor. Professor Pitney’s quote in the Los Angeles Times was BEFORE the arrest of Sen. Leland Yee on corruption charges. He was referring to the conviction of Senator Rod Wright and the indictment of Senator Ron Calderon. Three Democratic state senators […]

Read more