Will Taxpayers Back-up New State Controlled Pension System?

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

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1234 to establish a state supervised retirement fund called Secure Choice for private workers. One wonders if at some future time this action will be remembered much like Gov. Gray Davis’s signature on SB 400 of 1999, which put taxpayers on edge by driving public pensions into deep debt. The […]

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A Hollywood Action Movie—2016 CA Ballot Propositions

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

Let me pitch you a movie based on that 224-page official state voter guide that’s coming your way. Like many big Hollywood action-thrillers it’s a tale that contains sex, drugs, guns, big money and death. The title: Bad Day in the Ballot Booth–the California Ballot Propositions. Our protagonist, Politico Joe, is after a big score. He figures […]

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Transportation Special Session in Gridlock

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

Much like much of the state’s traffic, the legislative special session on transportation/infrastructure is stuck in gridlock. Democratic legislators have a plan to provide $7.5 billion a year in new tax revenue. The governor’s plan also includes tax increases. Republicans want to use current tax revenue more efficiently, cap and trade funds for roads or […]

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May I Have Your Autograph: Celebrity Culture & Consumer Protection

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

As someone who needed an explanation for the word “Brangelina” this week, I’m not sure I’m the most qualified to comment on a new law meant to protect against fake celebrity autographs. While we live in a society that seems overexposed to celebrity culture, we also live in a state in which entertainment and celebrity […]

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Initiative Process Only Obstacle to Democrats Total Power—for Now

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

Partisan dissatisfaction with the initiative process seems to be a little skewered from reality in the new Public Policy Institute of California poll given that the power in today’s state politics is nearly exclusively in the hands of Democrats. With such a situation, Republicans should embrace the initiative process as a way to leaven Democratic […]

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Tsunami of Local Taxes Headed for State’s Taxpayers

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

Taxpayers beware: A tax tsunami is headed your way. According to a report compiled by the California Taxpayers Association, a record number 421 local taxes and bonds (paid by increased property taxes) will hit the state’s many local jurisdictions in November. In addition to the up to $10-plus billion a year in taxes on the state […]

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Prop 54: Positive Reform

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

On Friday, Joe Mathews took to this page to argue that Proposition 54, demanding more transparency in the legislative process, is ill advised. He took on a George Skelton column in the L.A. Times that equated Prop 54 with motherhood and apple pie, claiming mothers would object to the goals of the initiative. However, I think the […]

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Public Pension Problem is Not Old News

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

A couple of years ago, sitting on a panel discussing the recent election and looking at future policy and political topics, I raised the public employee pension issue. A public union representative on the panel dismissed the issue as “old news.” Not hardly. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times began a series put together in cooperation with […]

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Don’t Bring Back the Candy Tax

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

It’s not often that California voters support a ballot measure by over a two-thirds vote but that’s what they did in 1992 when rejecting a sales tax on snack foods and candy. Now Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez and Cristina Garcia want the voters to take a second look at that action by supporting a tax […]

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Proposition 55: A Lesson in Not-So-Temporary Temporary Taxes

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

Coming out of the Great Recession that ravaged the state budget, Governor Jerry Brown and the state’s teachers’ unions joined forces to successfully push Proposition 30, a 2012 ballot initiative labeled, “Temporary Taxes to Fund Education.” Yet, despite a General Fund that grew 42 percent since Governor Brown became governor and Proposition 98 education spending that increased […]

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