There Ought to Be a Law…That is Ignored

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

UCLA basketball is facing Kentucky in the Sweet 16 tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. Eyebrows were raised when the trip to Tennessee was justified despite a state law that prohibits California tax-supported individuals from traveling to certain states blackballed because those states passed laws tabbed discriminatory by California politicians. Tennessee has a law that allows therapists […]

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Poll: Jobs, Regulations, Taxes and Trains

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

Many business people have raised concerns over excessive regulations hampering business growth and job creation. However, at first glance, it appears that California voters don’t make the connection between regulations and job creation in a new Public Policy Institute of California survey. According to the poll, a plurality of likely voters and all adults picked […]

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What Kind of Compromise is Key to Fixing Roads?

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

At a press event for the Fix Our Roads coalition on Monday, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti called on legislators to compromise on legislation to fix the state’s roads and highways. But what kind of compromise is needed to secure funding? Is compromise contemplated to include Republican ideas, or is compromise just between the Democratic […]

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Gorsuch on Direct Democracy

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

While partisan wrangling kicked off the hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, an interesting sidebar is Gorsuch’s take in a case followed closely on this site that ultimately could affect California’s oft-used initiative power. A little refresher: A case out of Colorado has been kicking around for years that challenges a successful initiative […]

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Federal Budget Could Rattle California Taxation

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

With the threat of far less money coming out of Washington for California under the Trump Administration budget, California officials and advocates are starting to talk about the need to raise more local and state taxes as a cushion against revenue loss. This in a state in which a new Tax Foundation report states that California […]

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Don’t Tax Teachers?

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

It seems those pushing a bill to eliminate state income taxes for teachers have a large strategic hurdle to clear. Teachers through their unions frequently campaign for more taxes. How would it look if teachers are campaigning for more taxes and they no longer have to pay income taxes? Bad optics, as they say in […]

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Haven’t We Learned Yet? More Legislation that Adds to Housing Costs

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

Housing costs too much in California. But, while legislators wring their hands over the housing crisis they often pass laws that boost the cost of housing. The latest proposal that would increase housing costs is AB 199 by Assemblyman Kansen Chu. The proposed law would end an exemption on prevailing wage rates for private residential developments. […]

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Brackets—California Style

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

The brackets are set (for the time being) for the big contest. The seeding is in place. The committee adjusted the seeding based on chance to win and likelihood to compete—with a couple of whimsical, but interesting, selections thrown it. The contest is on. Make your bets. The next Governor of California will be: (click […]

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In Defense of the Disney CEO Staying “In the Room”

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

Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger, at the company shareholder meeting, rejected a request that he quit President Donald Trump’s business advisory committee over Trump’s policies. Iger, while objecting to a number of the president’s policies, gave the sensible answer that it is best be “in the room” so that he can address his concerns […]

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The Crime Issue Rises

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

The murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer and the big increase of property crimes have highlighted growing concern over the consequences of recent legislation and ballot measures that have opened prison doors. The crime issue, so powerful in the final decades of the last century, is rising again in the public consciousness. In the […]

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