Is Becerra Bad for Business?

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

Response from the business community over Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra as the next attorney general will be muted for the most part. Not a surprise. Why would any business leader want to make a negative comment about someone taking over such a powerful position, and in the alternative would a business […]

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A Conundrum for California’s Supreme Court

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

Justices are supposed to put aside any personal conflicts when deciding cases before them. But justices are not robots and dual concerns will be eating at California Supreme Court justices when they decide on arguments dealing with the public pension case they agreed to hear out of Marin County. The justices’ decision could firm up […]

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Is CA Better Off Under the Top-Two System?

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

Since voters approved the top two primary in June 2010, the system has been praised, criticized and analyzed with varying degree of intensity but without a consensus about whether it improved democracy in California. More analysis is coming this Friday as the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California is hosting a discussion of the U.S. Senate […]

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Kevin McCarthy: California’s Connection to New Washington Power

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

Election results have shown California’s majority thinks quite differently than the new power in Washington. Putting aside the quixotic quest of the state seceding, California still depends on Washington and requires a bridge to the DC power and money center. California officials will have to find a way to work around those differences. The go […]

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California’s Initiative Process Serves as Check on Legislative Power

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

(Editor’s Note: State Treasurer John Chiang issues a monthly newsletter, Intersections, which offers facts and analysis about California’s debt, investments and economy. Each newsletter contains a feature titled Head to Head that offers differing views on Golden State policy and politics. For November, the discussion was about the initiative process featuring pieces by Joel Fox and Joe […]

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A Business Strategy for the Governor’s Race

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

Now that the 2018 race for governor of California is in full swing with the release of the first Field Poll on the contest, as the race shapes up business interests will consider how to position themselves in a multi-candidate field. Conventional wisdom dictates that if one well-known Republican runs against a field of equally […]

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Can Proposition 13 Survive California’s New Appetite For Taxes? 

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

(Editor’s Note: This commentary article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times November 17, 2016) California’s reputation as an anti-tax mecca took a beating at the polls with the passage of three statewide taxes and hundreds of local taxes. Here’s betting that a battle over the Holy Grail of the tax revolt, Proposition 13, is on the […]

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A Budget Forecast Using a Cloudy Crystal Ball

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

The Legislative Analyst’s Office tried to do its best with the impossible—layout a budget forecast for the next four years in uncertain times. The budget estimates offered yesterday assumed state and federal laws and policies remain in place . But policy changes from a new administration in Washington will come and probably produce counter policy moves […]

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Calexit? Or Back to an Old Idea—Splitting the State

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

Dissatisfied with the national election results, a chorus has sprung up in California arguing that the state should secede from the union—Calexit the move is labeled after Britain’s Brexit from the European Union. While not taken seriously by many, the idea does promote some thoughts. Financially, Calexit advocates feel the state can stand on its […]

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Business Looks At New Legislative Makeup

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

In a political landscape dominated by Democrats, the California business community looks for members of the majority party who will work with them—especially if the Democrats can secure the important two-thirds vote majority. The Democrats are close. They took two-thirds in the Assembly. One contested seat in the senate will determine whether the Democrats gain […]

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